TMD Facial Pain Clinic
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Tmj quick treatments - tmd facial pain clinic

Application of Warm Moist Heat

Moist heat applied to the area around the painful joint and muscles provides quick relief from pain. The following procedure is suggested:

  1. Soak a hand towel and wring almost dry. Place in a bowl or other microwave safe dish.

  2. Microwave the moist wet towel until very warm, almost hot. Remove towel. Be careful to check the temperature, don't burn yourself.

  3. Twist towel until it is a manageable size. Place one end of the warm towel on one side of the jaw or temporal region, running it under the chin and up to the other side of the jaw/temporal region.

  4. Place prepared towels on the painful area for 10-20 minutes, two to three times per day. Another procedure is to apply warm moist towels to the affected are several times within an hour.

Heat therapy works indirectly. Pain, especially muscle pain, is often caused by a relative shortage of oxygen in the tissues, which allows the buildup of metabolic waste products like lactic acid. Heat applied to the tissues tends to dilate the blood vessels passing through them. The dilatation increases the blood flow and hence carries more oxygen to the tissues. The oxygen debt is reduced and lactic acid is dispersed and the pain diminishes.



Soft Food Diet

Soft diet. You don't have to switch entirely to liquids and baby food. Avoid food like raw vegetables, nuts, hard rolls, and chewy meats such as steak. Also, avoid chewing gum, nail biting, singing or pressure on the TMJ's (telephone pressure and sleeping on the affected side).

The following lists are organized by food groups in an effort to simplify your menu planning. There is a cookbook on the market that will help you to more effectively incorporate the soft diet into your eating habits. The book is called the Non-Chew Cookbook by J. Randy Wilson.


  • All canned vegetables
  • Potatoes, boiled or mashed
  • Olives, pitted only


  • All fruit cook or cut into very small pieces
  • All fruit juices
  • Applesauce
  • Cherries, pitted
  • Tomatoes, sliced, stewed or raw
  • Baked fruit


  • Cheese, yogurt or ice cream
  • Eggs (great any style)
  • Cool Whip or whipped cream

Meat and Poultry

  • Ground beef and Ham
  • Roast beef ~ cut into small pieces
  • Turkey or chicken ~ boiled is best
  • Tuna without onion or celery
  • Egg salad without onion or celery
  • Chili
  • Meatloaf


  • Rice and pasta
  • Bread (soft, nothing chewy)
  • French toast, pancakes or waffles
  • Cereal ~ no granola


  • Water and juices
  • Milk or milkshakes
  • Hot chocolate or tea (watch the caffeine)


  • Jell-0
  • Puddings
  • Soft cookies
  • Cake, pie, muffins (no nuts, raisins or granola)

Meal Suggestions

  • Casseroles
  • Potato, macaroni and pasta salads
  • Quiche
  • Spanish rice
  • Baked beans
  • Any meals cooked in a slow cooker or crock pot
  • Soft tacos and soft shell burritos
  • Most Mexican Foods

Absolute No-No's

  • Bacon and Sausage
  • Steak or Beef Jerky
  • Breakfast bars
  • Popcorn, pretzels or tortilla chips
  • Hard candy or caramels
  • Raw vegetables
  • Raw onions
  • Corn on the cob
  • Green Peppers

Foods to avoid of you have migraine Headaches

  • Wine or any alcoholic beverages
  • Aged cheeses
  • Chinese or Mexican food
  • Coffee, tea or caffeine drinks
  • Chocolate or hot cocoa
  • Herring