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01/02/2011 12:33 AM

TMJ Diet

RockOnSMILE
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I was suggested to get a nutritionist for TMJ. All soft foods. Not forever, not for a lifetime, just for when it intensifies. Made sense to me.

Curious cat:

Has anyone ever been on a diet for TMJ? If so, what's it like; what kind of foods and whatnot occurs in this "yet another adventure"? hehe!

Thank you very much for all your help!

I feel hugs coming on...Tongue

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01/02/2011 12:48 PM
jmbrooks0819
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I never had to see a nutritionist for a TMJ diet but my doctor did give me some general ideas about what to eat when it gets bad:

- soft foods (obivously, lol!) like mash potatoes, pudding, soup etc.

- nothing that requires me to open my mouth wide like cheeseburgers and such

- nothing too hard or crunchy like chips, cereal, etc.

- nothing too chewey

- cut my food up into small bite (like toddler size bites) so that it is easier and quicker to chew.

Then she just recomended to rest it as much as possible.

Good luck, I hope it doesnt stay bad for too long, I know mine comes and goes.


01/02/2011 01:33 PM
raynedae
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Duh! I never even considered a TMJ diet! Mine is pretty bad, all the time despite taking muscle relaxers, klonopin and sleeping in my mouth guard every night. I skipped the mouth guard one night and chipped a front tooth!

An exercise which helps me is to lie flat on my back, no pillow with my head tilted back somewhat. Then I drop my jaw as far as possible, opening my mouth (without any side-to-side motion). I leave it open for 30 seconds, relax it for 30 and do it again. I do this 3 or 4 times and then it does feel better, at least for a few minutes.

I worked with a woman who took part in a research study for TMJ. They gave her muscle relaxers (methocarbamol, as much as she wanted) and she went to a special dentist twice a week for massages, both inside and outside her mouth. Her face thinned out...she actually had a ridge of muscle along her jaw from clenching so badly. As soon as the study ended and they discontinued the massage, the muscle came back. I asked her if she could do the massage herself and she said she could but couldn't be bothered...she was strange....


01/02/2011 01:45 PM
DeeDee48
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I've had tmj since i was a teen and the things that really helped is I am very careful. No gum, ice and actually if someone else is chewing gum, it bothers me. I had my jaw lock for several seconds to minutes as a teen and it was horrible. If I don't follow these things my jaw starts cracking like crazy. Take care deedee

01/02/2011 05:58 PM
shamarie6
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I've had TMJ since I was 12, when my jaw locked wide open on the pep bus. I was so scared! I have clicking & popping on both sides upon opening & closing. I have been through so many mouth guards it's not even funny, appx. $3,000 worth. I was seeing a specialist a few years ago, who had me wearing a lower guard throughout the day, even while eating & a huge night guard. I was to cut foods up into very small bites, like jmbrooks stated, & eat soft foods as often as possible.

The soft foods that they are usually talking about are usually mashed potatoes, baked potatoe will also do, yogurt, ice creams, mac & cheese, cottage cheese, soups, anything that doesn't require a lot of chewing. You can actually blend up regular foods, which I did for a while, & with the right spices, it's really not that bad. Baby food is also another alternative, but not really suggested. VERY bland.

I hope that things go well for you. Let us know how things go! Wink


01/02/2011 09:42 PM
RockOnSMILE
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Wow, thanks for all the great info in your responses!

I was told to eat soft foods as well. I'm going to ask my dentist if he or if not him, send me to someone who can make me a mouth guard, PLEASE hehe! I never really noticed I grin my teeth that much until I started putting some facts together.

Ray- Haha, so it seems she was weird! I wish she could've helped you -grrrrrrrrr!-

Thank you lovelies for all the replies Smile

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