Triggers That May Cause TMJ Pain

Woman with painful TMJDo you suffer on a daily basis from pain that originates in your upper jaw or beneath the lid of your eye? Although these symptoms may seem alarming, they’re commonly associated with a medical ailment referred to as TMJ.

TMJ is an acronym that refers to the Temporomandibular Joint located just below the cheek bones and in front of the ear lobe. The connective muscles that line this join are responsible for creating a fluid motion when we open our mouth, communicate with others and engage in food consumption.

Each case is unique to the patient, but there are certain triggers and processes that can cause TMJ pain and lead to uncomfortable sensations below the surface of the skin. If you’re experiencing a plethora of negative side effects around your Temporomandibular Joint, keep reading!

Crunch, Crunch, Crunch!

Have you ever noticed TMJ side effects after reaching for a big bowl of popcorn or delicious cereal? You’re not alone! TMJ is often triggered by foods that have a rough and rigid exterior that requires excessive chomping and chewing motions prior to swallowing the food.

The buildup of pressure from our connective tissue and muscles located in the jaw can press against the joint and cause our jaw to become inflamed and extremely sensitive. The next time you reach for a snack prior to watching a movie, opt for a softer choice to reduce the amount of discomfort you experience.

Similarly, eating foods that are high in Omega 3s (fish, olive oil, avocado, etc.) and calcium (kale, okra, cabbage and cheese) have shown a positive impact on patients that have TMJ. These essential nutrients assist the body with creating healthy bones and strong connections that combat against TMJ issues and its debilitating side effects.

Colder Temperatures and Seasonal Changes

For those that suffer with TMJ, one thing is for sure: The winter months and cooler temperatures play a huge role in the amount of discomfort they experience throughout the year.

This often comes as a result of the cold weather forcing our body to clench and flex to prevent warm temperatures from escaping the surface of our skin; the jaw muscles are no different.

The best way to combat this problem is by ensuring that you use beanies, caps, scarves and face protection when trekking out into the bone-chilling weather. Simply wrap a scarf around your jaw and mouth to capture much-needed body heat to release locked and frigid jaw muscles.

Contact AZ-TMJ Today

If you can identify with any of the symptoms talked about in this article, or you know someone that is suffering in silence, reach out today and schedule an appointment. Our ability to live pain free is directly correlated to our quality of life. If TMJ is preventing you from living the life of your dreams, Dr. Farrell can help. For more information on how we can better serve your needs, Call Dr. Farrell for a consultation at 480-945-3629 today.