Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder (TMJ) is a disorder of the jaw joints which creates jaw and bite alignment malfunctions in individuals suffering from this dental disorder. TMJ is caused by a number of things like grinding teeth, clenching your jaw, living a high stress lifestyle as well as wearing down of the jaw bone and joints due to age-related causes.
In Bergen County the Migraine Center of NJ can diagnose and treat patients with TMJ disorder. Of course there are things that you can do to help maintain your TMJ disorder. One way to maintain TMJ, as well as other conditions, is with diet.
Many people who suffer with TMJ experience joint pain which makes a number of foods very difficult to chew and eat. Here are a few suggestions we have for your diet if you are suffering with TMJ.
Juice it up!
Juicing is a great option for patients with TMJ, but also for anyone’s overall health. Fruits are a great source of vitamins and fiber but they can really hurt your jaw, especially those like apples, coconuts and pears.
Juicing your fruits and vegetables is the perfect way to continue getting in all those good nutrients from these hard to chew foods. Everything will go down easy and your body will really benefit from it.
Sauté your foods!
Of course many fruits, especially vegetables can become very soft through other cooking methods. One of those is sautéing your foods until they are soft.
The process is very straightforward. Heat a large pan that will hold all of your ingredients without overcrowding them. Add your cooking oil and then when the pan is hot enough, sauté away!
Keep it steamy.
Steaming your veggies is another good option for softening them. It’s also a great option for meals as the autumn chill rolls in. Cooking with steam gives food a moist texture without making it mushy. Instead of the food going directly in water it is held slightly above the boiling liquid.
Steaming your food is actually the healthiest method for cooking your food because no additional fat is required for the heat conduction. When you steam your food 50% of the nutrients are preserved in the food.
There are so many great options available for those suffering with TMJ disorder. At the Migraine Center of NJ we want to be sure our patients are treated with the best care. If you’re ready to leave behind the pain of chronic pain from TMJ in Bergan County contact Dr. Milestone at the Migraine Center of NJ.
We look forward to serving you!