Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, shortly called as TMJ disorders, is a condition causing pain and dysfunction of jaw joints and muscles that are responsible for the movement of the jaw. It is characterized by mild pain in the jaw, face and neck, painful popping, clicking or grating, stiffness in the jaw muscles, and even a change in the fitting of the upper and lower teeth. It can be caused due to overuse of the jaw while eating, grinding of teeth or biting pencils, and clenching of the jaw. TMJ disorders mostly occur in women, and generally remain for a short period of time. In some cases, it lasts longer. However, it can be treated normally at home by applying certain home remedies as far it doesn’t turn out to be serious.
So, have a look at some home remedies to deal with TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorders).
#1 Apply Heat or Cold
Apply an ice pack over the jaw, whenever your jaw joints pain. Wrap 1-2 ice cubes in a soft towel or handkerchief and place it on either sides of the face for 8-10 minutes. Do again this process after every 2 hours. The pain will reduce in a few days. Apply heat for a dull and steady pain. Soak a clean washcloth in hot water. Then, put it on your face for about 20 minutes. Heat increases the blood circulation while relaxing the muscles of the jaw.
#2 Massage Your Jaws
Gently massage your jaw joints present in front of your ears on both sides for a few times every day. Massaging helps in relieving the tightness of jaw muscles. With your forefingers, gently massage in a circular motion, keeping your mouth open. Continue massaging until you feel relaxation in the jaw muscles. Now, repeat the process by closing your mouth.
Put your clean forefinger in your mouth, and press firmly the sore jaw muscles on both sides of your mouth.
Now, massage your jaw muscles, positioned at the sides of the neck. However, these muscles are not directly related to your jaw functioning, but massaging will help in reducing the tightness, that results in painful jaw joints.
#3 Take Over-the-Counter Medicines
Short-term use of over-the-counter medicines will also help in giving relief from TMJ disorders. You can take pain relievers, like ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen, which are effective in giving quick pain relief from temporomandibular joint pain. Aspirin and ibuprofen also help in soothing the inflammation caused by painful jaw joints.
#4 Eat Soft Food
Try eating softer foods, and chew slowly into small pieces. Avoid eating chewing gum as well as clenching of pencils while at work.
#5 Have Minerals
Mix about 250 mg of powdered magnesium and 500 mg of powdered calcium in orange juice, and drink it. These minerals will provide relaxation to the muscles of your jaw joints, thereby, diminishing the tension in the muscles. You can even go for calcium or magnesium tablets if you are unable to find their powdered form.