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Your TMJ’s are an essential part of your everyday life, and you may not even know it. Your TMJ’s, also known as temporomandibular joints are located on the side of your face where your jaw connects. They work by opening and closing your mouth, helping you talk and even chew your food. When they are in trouble, essential functions can become difficult in your everyday life.

Our doctors, Dr. Sweeney and Dr. Utterback, are trained to help you with your TMJ blues. That is why our team at Sweeney Utterback Dentistry in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is eager to teach you some basic insight on how to care of them.

Here is some brief insight on how to treat your TMJ’s:

– Anti-stress methods like meditation, yoga and soothing music to help with stress can go a long way. Many people agonize from stress, and there are numerous ways to help control it. Try to find a way to lower your stress that could be causing your TMJ’s to become inflamed or irritated.
– Eating gentler foods will be calmer on your jaw and help you with any strain or pressure you might be putting on your joints.
– Heat or ice packs can aid with pain and swelling from your joints when needed for a few minutes at a time.
– Wearing night guards while you sleep are beneficial because teeth grinding can aggravate your TMJ’s causing inflammation and severe pain.

As you can see, there are things you can do on your own to help ease your TMJ pain. However, if you need help or assistance with your TMJ’s, please feel free to call us today at 757.222.3737 to make an appointment. We are always happy to see you.