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Self Care Tips for Jaw Area Pain and Dysfunction

Jaw area pain and dysfunction:

Behavioral Changes

  • Maintain soft diet
  • Avoid excessive jaw function, such as chewing gum
  • Relax or meditate daily

Health Enhancement

  • Minimize sugar, caffeine and alcohol
  • Apply warm compresses
  • Massage affected area
  • Exercise daily
  • Take nutritional supplements
  • Drink plenty of water

Postural Correction

  • Maintain teeth apart, relaxed jaw posture
  • Wear night mouth guard
  • Avoid forward head posture
  • Sit in ergonomically designed seat
  • Sleep with head and neck support

Non-Prescription Medication

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Sedative herbal teas
  • Antihistamines
  • Topical analgesic creams