TMJ disorders such as can be uncomfortable, annoying at sometimes very painful. If you suffer from it, then finding a way to alleviate the onset of TMJ can be a real help. However, while most occurrences of are not serious, if you do find yourself suffering frequent instances of TMJ, or it persists for a long period despite trying these remedies, it is important you get the issue checked out by a professional using TMJ treatment in Burlington. In most cases though, some simple approaches can help treat TMJ and avoid the problem in the future. In cases where there is TMJ popping, you can see some fixes there. Here are some of the ways you can do this at home without any specialist equipment.

Exercises to strengthen the jaw

  Strengthening exercises are one of the best ways to avoid TMJ reoccurrence, however there should be done between occurrences, they can cause intense pain during a bout of TMJ. There are a few different exercises you can use, including:

Mouth opening resistance

Place your thumb under the chin and push the chin down to open your mouth. Use moderate force here and keep the muscle under pressure for 10 seconds, then relax and close your mouth slowly. Repeat a few times.

Goldfish Exercises

With your tongue in the roof of your mouth, place one finger by the TMJ next to your ear, and the index finger of your other hand on your chin just under the lower lip. Now drop your jaw to open the mouth and close again. Keep moderate pressure on the chin with your finger, you should feel mild resistance, but no pain. There are two variants of this exercise. Either opening your mouth halfway, or completely. You can do each of these 5 or 6 times in a set and repeat the set 5 times every day for both exercises.

Tongue Lifts

Place the tongue so it touches the roof of your mouth. Then open and lose the mouth while keeping the tongue in place. This is an easy one to do and can be repeated throughout the day.

Temperature Treatment

  Cold temperatures can decrease inflammation, so a cold pack when you feel that sharp pain can really help. After that, soak a washcloth in warm water and apply to the area. The heat relaxes muscles and increases blood circulation, which is good for alleviating the dull ache that often follows the initial burst of pain.

Stress relief

  Stress and anxiety can be significant drivers of TMJ, and massage around the neck and head muscles can have a noticeable impact on the stress itself and with it TMJ. Stress not only leads to muscle tension but can lead to problems such as nighttime teeth grinding, which is another cause of TMJ. Regular massaging can help here, but mitigating the sources of stress can have an impact too. For those who suffer from teeth grinding, mouth guards to wear at night can help avoid that. TMJ can be caused by numerous problems, but these simple, easy to implement exercises and lifestyle changes can have the desired effect and prevent reoccurrence. As with any problem, if it persists it is important to consult with a professional to establish if there are any more serious issues underlying the problem. Never leave your oral health to chance, if you have concerns, always ask a professional dentist.