Treatment for TMJD Almost Always Requires a Softer Diet
Posted Jul 20 2009 10:14pm
TMJ Disorder is one of the most exasperating conditions that patients, doctors, and dentists are faced with. No one treatment works for everyone. Complicating the issue even more, TMJ Disorder has a host of symptoms. Ironically, there are people with TMJ Disorder who experience no pain whatsoever! Unfortunately, most cases of TMJ Disorder are quite painful.
Some cases are temporary and fleeting; others are permanent and devastating. There is no quick fix or single approach for the treatment of TMJD.
Most medical practitioners, however, advise their patients to eat a softer diet. For some, this seems impossible because they aren't familiar with many easy-to-chew recipes. Most people think of a softer diet as soup, oatmeal and the like. There are, however, a plethora of tasty, nourishing meals that one can eat if one is prescribed a "softer diet."
In addition, one may find that his/her diet becomes more healthful once most fast foods are eliminated.
Unfortunately, it seems there's an entire generation of younger folk who have an aversion to the kitchen. This generation is the "eat out" generation, but changing to an easy-to-chew diet will rapidly encourage one to prepare meals at home, thus saving untold amounts of money.
There are excellent recipes available on line, or one can choose from several cookbooks to find recipes tailored specifically for the TMJD patient. You Can Conquer TMJ:Ideas and Recipes is one such book that offers a plethora of easy-to-prepare, easy-to-chew, nutritious, tasty meals that the whole family will enjoy eating. These same recipes, plus a few others, are also available in One Pot Galley Gourmet, which retails for less. Both books are available on amazon.com and www.moonlightmesaassociates.com. One Pot Galley Gourmet, however, does not have the suggestions/recommendations for dealing with TMJD issues that the other book contains.
Statistically, most cases of TMJD will self-resolve given time and a softer diet. Unfortunately, there are other cases that will not resolve without irreversible procedures being done, for which there is no guarantee of success.
This is a condition that should not be taken lightly if one is in the early, nonpainful stages. Be forewarned and be pro-active with eating and chewing habits.