Summer is here and barbecue season is upon us, and that means a variety of summertime treats will be hitting tables at parks and backyards throughout Westchester. However, if you suffer from chronic jaw pain, some of these foods might make the symptoms worse. Don’t let your favorite foods hurt you: Visit Dr. Abel, a Mount Kisco NY dentist with experience treating TMJ today.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the upper and lower jaw and allows for movement of the mouth. Repetitive stress or trauma can cause the TMJ to become misaligned and inflamed, leading to pain in the jaw and other parts of the face, migraine headaches, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth.
Many TMJ patients experience discomfort when they’re chewing, with some foods putting greater strain on the joint than others. Unfortunately, many favorite summer menu items can aggravate the
symptoms of TMJ disorder, including:
• Corn on the cob
• Thickly sliced meats
• Large chunks of fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots, etc.
• Gum and hard candy
In addition to these food items, alcoholic beverages and drinks high in caffeine can put the muscles under stress. Patients who drink a lot of caffeine, for example, are more inclined to teeth grinding, which puts extra pressure on the TMJ.
The headaches and other symptoms of TMJ can lead to recurring, long-term discomfort. Make the decision to stop jaw pain today. You can reach Dr. Abel at Westchester Dental Care. Call us today at (914) 241-2242 for your complimentary consultation. Begin exploring TMJ treatment options and stay pain free all summer!
Dr. Steven Abel
- Dr. Steven Abel
- Mount Kisco, New York, United States
- Cosmetic smile makeovers, Invisalign, laser, Implants, Lumineers, Snap on Smiles, DaVinci & Mac Veneers, Cerec, periodontal, headache/TMJ therapy, facial pain, snoring/sleep apnea, high speed braces, sedation. He practices an aggressive approach toward treating chronic gum diseases known to be linked with heart disease, diabetes, and other medical problems. He is known as the "doctor's dentist" because so many physicians choose him as their dentist, seeking his expertise in treating both themselves and their families. Member of the NY, CT and American Dental Associations, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of General Dentistry, & the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Abel has become known in Westchester as the leading cosmetic dentist for people who want to have a radiant smile, look younger & feel better about their teeth. With sedation dentistry, even patients who are very fearful can enjoy a great smile, having years of neglect taken care of, often in one visit while they sleep comfortably. For More Information: www.WestchesterTopDentist.com 103 South Bedford Road Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 241-2242 DrAbelsOffice@aol.com