You know that there are daily hazards that can make TMJ disorder worse than it must be, which means you are likely quite aware of your usual habits and lifestyle choices. However, you might not be fully informed regarding best practices for protecting a sore jaw over the holidays! Though the usual details still apply, of course, we think you may certainly benefit from helpful suggestions that can assist you in avoiding hazards you may completely overlook, while you’re busy having fun! (Not to fret, we will fill you in on what you’re missing).
Forgetting Your Special Pillow
Do you have a pillow that supports your head and neck? Do you use it on road trips? Flights? When you sleep? Maybe you have some other accessory that you rely on that helps you avoid ending up with a sore jaw. Whatever it is, take stock of your usual jaw-related habits before the holidays, before a flight, before you sleep at a relative’s house, etc. You’ll be so much happier if you show up with the things you need!
Gift Wrap Frenzy
When you are tearing through wrapping paper, bows, and tape, and getting people’s gifts wrapped beautifully (or on Christmas morning when you’re opening those gifts you’ve been given), what’s your approach? Do you meticulously use your fingers? A scissor? Reach for a set of keys? Use a steak knife? Whatever it is that you’re doing, we very strongly suggest that you do not under any circumstances rely on your smile to help you through. Don’t cut paper, tear paper, break ribbons, break open packaging, etc. Use something else. You don’t need to make your sore jaw worse (or make a perfectly comfortable jaw a sore one).
Avoid Aggravating Your Sore Jaw This Christmas
Come see us as soon as you can for TMJ treatment and remember to treat your jaw joints delicately this holiday season. 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.