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Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome (cont.)

TMJ Home Remedies

In the majority of cases, TMJ syndrome is self-limiting. Most of the symptoms disappear in two weeks once the jaw is rested There are a variety of options for treating TMJ syndrome at home.

  • Anti-inflammatory and pain medications such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) may ease the pain of TMJ syndrome.
  • Eat a diet of soft foods.
  • Avoid chewing gum and eating hard candy or chewy foods. Do not open your mouth wide. Your doctor may show you how to perform gentle muscle stretching and relaxation exercises.
  • Stress-reduction techniques may help you manage stress and relax your jaw along with the rest of your body.
  • Apply warm compresses on the area of pain. Home therapy includes mandible (lower jaw) movements, such as opening and closing the jaw from side to side. Try this after a warm compress is applied for 20 minutes. The lower jaw movements should be repeated three to five times a day, five minutes continuously each time, for about two to four weeks. A gentle massage of the area can also be beneficial.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/9/2015
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