Home Remedies for TMJ

In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders is temporary and can be relieved with self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments. Here are few tips:

  • Applying warm, moist heat or ice to the side of your face may help alleviate pain.

  • Eat soft foods. Cut food into small pieces. Steer clear of sticky or chewy food. Avoid chewing gum.

  • Avoid tension-related habits such as clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth.

  • Consult physical therapist which may show you how to do exercises that stretch and strengthen your jaw muscles and how to massage the muscles yourself.

  • Taking deep, regular breaths can help relax tense muscles, which can reduce pain.