How to Take Care of Your Jaws

September 16, 2009

mouth If you want to eat, chew and enjoy your food, you need great jaws and good set of teeth. Read on to avoid injuries to the jaws.

Sarah began to experience a jaw ache when she tried to chew a very irresistible caramel candy. She ignored it for a few days until the pain began to take the better of her. Her dentist told her there was no need to worry as it was only a muscle spasm. He gave her a muscle relaxant and asked her to avoid chewy and hard foods for a few days.

If you don’t take care of your jaws you may lead a healthy life but may not be able to enjoy all kinds of foods. Jaws along with teeth are used most frequently to talk (to open and close your mouth) and to eat and drink. Jaw problems may be the result of wrong chewing habits, clenching of teeth, holding things in between teeth or due to the any over-use of the area. An uneven bite or a missing teeth may also give a jaw ache. Jaw muscle spasm, lock jaw, forward dislocation of the jaw point, temporomandibular joint are some of the jaw joint problems that worry people. Though they are not very serious and do not lead to health risks they can cause them a lot of discomfort and unhappiness.

How to Treat a Jaw Pain at Home

If you get a jaw pain there is no need to hurry to a dentist. At the same time, do not ignore your pain. You can try some effective and safe home remedies before you make an appointment.

  • You have a jaw pain means that the muscles there have become tight. What you need to do is to relax them and offer them some comfort and care. To bring blood to the offended muscles, do some jaw muscle exercises. For example, do stretch your mouth open comfortably wide and close it slowly. Watch out for severe pain and stop it if it persists.
  • Get a moist hot towel to help your jaws. towelWet your towel in comfortable hot water and wring it. Apply it on the area and do your stretching exercise.  Do it until the pain subsides.
  • Get your jaws some good rest. Eat a soft diet with a lot of liquidified nutrition.
  • Avoid too much of talking.
  • Use your palms under your chin as you yawn.
  • Avoid clenching of your teeth or tight closure of the mouth. Relax! Forgive and forget for a few days to take it easy. I mean to say deal with stress.
  • Restrict caffeine and tobacco to reduce muscular tension.
  • Avoid talks on the phone with the handset in between your face and shoulders.
  • Sleep on your back and avoid pressure on your jaws.
  • icecube Get ice packs for 10 minutes on and off if you have a lock jaw (jaws remaining open). No heat pads!
  • Do a facial massage. Gently massage the muscles on the outside of your face. By placing your thumb inside the mouth and forefinger outside the mouth squeeze the two fingers and rub the jaw muscles on the inside and outside the mouth.
  • Get yourself good nutrition. Your jaws need Vitamin C and E  and all the recommended minerals.
  • Take a painkiller if you have acute pain!

-AparnA K V

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