Have you ever thought about the fact that different days bring different challenges for your smile and your TMJ problems? If not, we encourage you to use Halloween as an example that can get you thinking about how holidays and special occasions can influence your comfort (or your discomfort). Fortunately, once you’ve got some new ideas to work from, sailing through out-of-the-ordinary moments, while protecting your jaw joints will be a cinch.
Think About The Goodies
Think about what you’re eating when it’s Halloween time. Did someone bring peanut brittle into the office? Some very delicious, very hard cookies? Maybe someone brought in some very chewy candies. Perhaps a health-conscious friend brought you some holiday nuts as a gift. Whatever it is you’re spending your time chewing, remember that the stuff that requires a lot of work to chew will tax your jaw joints. Avoid making your TMJ problems worse by instead reaching for the foods that require very little effort to eat.
Consider Your Stress Level
Let’s talk about how your stress level around and during Halloween can negatively affect your TMJ problems. Are you worried about your costume? Are you planning on attending a party or throwing one? Are you going to stay out late? Remember that stressors can wreak havoc with your TMJs if you’re grinding and clenching in response to tension. Or, changes in your foods and sleep schedule (maybe you load up on caffeine in response) can exacerbate a bruxism issue, which can then bother your TMJs. Do what you can to keep things consistent and to release stress through other means!
Keep Your Jaw Safe During Holidays With Help
Just a little helpful advice can mean the difference between an uncomfortable Halloween and one in which your TMJ health remains steady! We invite you to schedule an appointment with your Katy, TX dentist at Lathrop Dental Center by calling 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.