You may love layering your sandwich with lots of toppings, but when it becomes too big for your mouth, that delicious sandwich can be a problem. Taking large bites of food can cause jaw pain.
People with TMJ disorder often experience limited ability to open their mouths, as well as jaw pain and popping. Chewing can cause the pain and popping to worsen. If you don’t have TMD, forcing your mouth open to take super-sized bites may lead to problems with your jaw joints. For example, if you open your mouth too wide to take a bite of an apple, this puts unnecessary stress and pressure on your teeth and jaws.
You should also avoid crunching on hard foods, like candy and ice. Your teeth are strong, but forcing them to crunch down on hard objects can cause them to chip or break. Hard foods also require a lot of chewing, which increases jaw joint irritation.
If you have to open your mouth to the point of discomfort, consider cutting your food into smaller pieces. It’s easier and safer to eat an apple slice or piece of sandwich than forcing your jaws to open abnormally and your teeth to endure the pressure. Also, if you have jaw pain, give your facial muscles a rest. Try eating softer foods for a few days because they are easier to bite and chew, which limits the pressure on your jaw. If your jaw pain doesn’t go away, contact Dr. Fondriest for an examination.
Dr. Fondriest can screen you for TMJ disorder, then propose appropriate solutions to relieve your pain. Contact us at 847-234-0517 to request an appointment. Our dental office in Lake Forest, Illinois serves the North Shore Chicago area, including Winnetka, Highland Park, North Brook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.