Do you indulge in the occasional bad habit? Whether you bite your nails, eat junk food, drink too much coffee, or procrastinate, the list of bad habits can go on and on. What some fail to realize, is that some bad habits can be affecting your health in a negative way. For example, those that have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder, your bad habits can be the source of your increased TMJ pain. Are you ready to find out what some of the worst habits for those with TMJ are? Let’s break it down in the following article.
When biting your nails, your jaw is forced to work in ways that it was not designed to work. The unnatural movement of your jaw can aggravate TMJ pain, causing unnecessary discomfort. If you’re looking for tips and ways to finally beat your nail biting habit, try the following:
Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw at night or throughout the day can have the biggest negative impact on your TMJ pain. Work hard to break the habit by doing the following:
This one is a bit of a no-brainer, is there some foods that we can indulge in that cause more TMJ pain than others. Try to stay away from foods that are hard or crunchy in order to avoid any unnecessary or unnatural jaw movement. Avoid foods such as:
Whatever the case may be, we can all live a happier and healthier life if we strive to keep our bad habits at a minimum. At Bayside Dental we want to do everything we can to keep our patients healthy for a long time. Give our Rowlett, TX, office a call or send us an email if you would like to schedule an appointment.