Yep, dealing with TMJ disorder on Halloween feels like a huge challenge. However, if you’ve been dreading the fact that you want to feel footloose and fancy free on October 31st but you’re worried about your TMJs, our Virginia Beach, VA team would like to remind you that there’s always a solution! In terms of allowing your jaw joints to side-step additional strain, tension, and fatigue, while you have a blast, some simple details will help this dream become a reality! Maintain some easy rules for yourself, as suggested by your Virginia Beach dentist, and you’re sure to have a fantastic time.
Avoid Things That Are Hard To Bite
You will hear this quite frequently, when the topic at hand is your oral health: You should always strive to avoid biting into something that’s difficult to bite! It will allow you to avoid a whole host of problems for your teeth (and supportive structures). Food that’s very resistant can crack, break, and shatter teeth, can damage dental work, and will most certainly lead to (or worsen) problems with jaw joints, such as TMJ disorder, explains your Virginia Beach dentist! There are definitely some easier-on-the-jaws candy options to enjoy instead.
Avoid Things That Take A Long Time To Chew
We know that what you’d like to do is just reach out for whatever candy is closest or looks the most delicious and enjoy yourself! However, when you’re dealing with TMJ disorder or jaw joints that aren’t in the best condition, this is actually one of the worst things you can do. Your Virginia Beach dentist reminds you that excessive motions (such as chewing candy that’s so chewy, it feels like each bite takes two minutes to get through) makes matters worse for jaw joints concerns. For now, only indulge if it’s something that requires very little effort in terms of jaw motion, pressure, and chewing time!
Avoid Carrying Or Tearing Things With Your Teeth
Wait! Your Virginia Beach dentist suggests that you stop before you use your teeth for anything other than their intended use (chewing, speaking…) over Halloween and beyond. Don’t use them to carry your Halloween candy bag. Don’t rely on your smile to help you open up candy packages. Doing so puts extra strain on your TMJs, which you don’t need.
Absolutely Use Your Treatment!
Don’t toss your TMJ treatment aside on Halloween night because you’re worn out from all the fun, because you accidentally fall asleep in full costume on the sofa, etc. Keep your usual habits intact!
Protect TMJ Health On Halloween
Remember that it’s very easy to keep your TMJs safe on major holidays, such as Halloween, while still having a nice time and participating in the activities. Get the information you need from us! Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach and all surrounding communities.