TMJ Pitfalls of the Holidays

Smiley GuyHave you been in a constant state of fullness ever since Thanksgiving? For many of us, the bounty of delicious savory and sweet delicacies that abound over the holidays are just too tempting. However, if you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) eating can be decidedly less fun. When TMJs (jaw joints) are tender, chewing can be extremely uncomfortable. You might even injure your TMJs for the first time if you are eating too many things that are too large for your mouth. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari,can help patients with TMJ problems, but to prevent the condition from ever starting, you should be mindful of what and how you eat.

Portion Control

Sometimes we can turn eating into a sport rather than a necessity of nourishment. If you allow yourself to take bites of food that are larger than the size of your mouth, your jaw joints can easily be strained enough to create TMJ issues. If you’re eating Christmas dinner and cousin Billy challenges you to devour an entire turkey leg in three bites, think twice. While that might make a fun photo for Facebook, you might end up paying the price with a chronic jaw issue like TMD that will require treatment.

Take it Slow

Many holiday gatherings include dishes of colorful, fruity hard candies shaped like ribbons, candy canes, and chewy chocolate covered caramels. Anything hard or extremely chewy should be consumed with caution for the sake of your jaw. It is tempting to bite down on hard candies and lollipops, or try to chew a sticky treat as fast as possible so you can finish your conversation, but take your time. Chomping down prematurely on hard candy can result in a broken tooth, dislodged crown or filling, or TMJ exacerbation.

Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist

If you would to learn more about the comprehensive dentistry services services available from Comfort Dental Spa, contact Dr. Askari today. To schedule an appointment, you can reach our dental office at (248) 474-6434. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.