Got jaw pain? Here’s something that may help.
Fake chewing. Here’s how:
- Put your lips together.
- Teeth apart.
- Pretend you are chewing.
That small movement uses your jaw muscles and increases circulation in them. That’s why it helps them relax.
Some people with tight jaw muscles and TMJ pain find that chewing actually makes their jaw pain worse. If that’s the case for you, this simple movement may help.
I find that chewing gum when I drive helps keep muscle tension away from my jaw, neck and head. The only problem with that is most gum is loaded with nasty chemical stuff and yucky fake sweeteners like aspartame that actually cause head pain.
You can buy Xylitol gum from the health food store. (Don’t be fooled at the drug store. It may says xylitol but read the label–the yucky stuff is still there.)
You can order the good gum online, too. It only has a few ingredients and they are natural.
And get this: Xylitol is a type of natural sugar that kills bacteria in your mouth!
So you can have a healthier mouth and get rid of pain in your jaw at the same time. 🙂