3 Bad Habits You May Have That Could Increase Your TMJ Pain
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Ankur Johri
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) are often very painful experiences. They can affect the way you chew food, talk and how you enjoy your daily routines They are not something to ignore.
In fact, there are some things that people do that can make the pain worse. These are three habits that are common for people to do that can make the pain from TMJ worse. Learning what they are and how to avoid them can help manage TMJ.
Kick These Habits
These three habits will not only help with the pain from TMJ, they can also help the body in many other ways. They affect the teeth and jaws in different ways, but they all result in pain.
Biting Your nails - It is something people do without thinking. They do it when they are nervous or stressed. Everyone has a reason for biting their nails and many people vow to try to stop. If they suffer from TMJ, stopping this habit can lessen the pain they feel from the disorder. When you bite your nails, you use the jaw muscles in ways they are not used to. That leads to pain from TMJ.
Poor Posture - For many, the idea of coming home and slouching down in a comfortable chair is a great way to spend an evening after work. For people with TMJ, the extra strain that poor posture puts on the neck and back also puts a strain on the jaw muscles and increases the pain from TMJ.
Smoking - There are many ways that smoking is bad for your health. It can also increase the pain from TMJ. The jaw works hard when you smoke, and it can stress the joints of the jaw. It also has a negative impact on your oral health which can affect the pain from TMJ.
The solution to stopping the increased pain from these habits is simple. Break the bad habits and replace them with healthier ones that will strengthen the jaw rather than make the condition worse. Of course, that is easier said than done, but recognizing what the habits do with TMJ is the first step to doing something about it.
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