Ooh! Ghosts and goblins! Scary, creepy crawlies! You know what that means, don’t you? It’s nearly Halloween! While this is certainly something you smile about, especially if this is one of your favorite days, there’s also something to beware of (in regard to your oral health, that is!). Did you know that this spooky holiday is also something that can make TMJ disorder worse? Surprised? Allow us to offer some information that will make sure your jaw joints make it through the day without any unnecessary stress.
Quiz Questions: True or False?
- True or False: When you’re making your candy selections, it’s always best to choose something that dissolves quickly. If it’s tacky, sticky, hard, chewy, crunchy, etc., chances are good it’s going to overwork and strain your TMJs, which is never good for TMJ disorder.
- True or False: Happen to love a good fright on Halloween night? If so, it’s important to make sure you’re not gritting your teeth while you’re watching a scary movie or walking through a haunted house. It will stress your jaw joints!
- True or False: If bruxism contributes to your TMJ problem, you should watch out for caffeinated beverages. Indulge in a few too many autumn-themed coffee drinks and you’ll be increasing your chance of grinding and clenching, thereby irritating TMJs.
- True. The less you ask of your jaw joints, the better. Skip the treats that require serious chewing to avoid making TMJ disorder much worse.
- True. Keep your stress levels down, so you can keep your jaw joints relaxed. It’s certainly worth it!
- True. Go caffeine free if bruxism is part of the equation (or at least keep the levels low and drink it early) to prevent excess movement.
Avoid Worsening TMJ Disorder With Our Care
Instead of letting your TMJ problem become worse, why not fix it by coming in for our treatment? Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.