Cozying up with a blanket or putting on a jacket when stepping out into the winter cold are things you're probably doing already. But for people with TMJ disorder, staying warm can help minimize jaw pain. It is normal for joints and muscles to tense up when experiencing colder weather. Ensure you are keeping toasty with a scarf or sweater to reduce clenching or tightening the jaw area.
While enjoying being with your family, watching winter sports, or keeping warm by the fire this winter, remember to take good care of your oral health too. Keep moisturized and hydrated, as this will prevent chapped lips and alleviate dry mouth. Use desensitizing toothpaste if you have sensitive teeth. Knowing how to maintain your oral health during colder weather will reduce the likelihood of experiencing common mouth issues, leaving you with the chance to cozy up and have a good time.