Ways to Reduce Oral Facial Pain

TMJ is a manageable condition. Here are some tips to try to reduce your pain from TMJ:

  • Limit your jaw opening (yawning ect) to no more than 2 fingers width
  • Rest the jaw by avoiding heavy chewing
  • Avoid grinding and clenching of teeth by keeping the teeth slightly apart and the jaw relaxed
  • Avoid leaning on or sleeping on the jaw
  • Avoid tongue thrusting and chewing non-food items (fingernails, pencils ect)
  • Use ice packs or heat compresses as directed by Dr. O’Day
  • Massage the affected muscles