I can’t afford to see a dentist for my TMJ issues. I saw a mouth guard in Walgreens this past Sunday and I am wondering if I can use it to help relax my jaw. Will it help? – Brandi
Brandi – A customized mouth guard from a TMJ dentist will give you the best results. If you have dental insurance, check to see if any benefits are provided for it. Some dentists offer payment plans or interest-free financing for qualifying applicants.
An over-the-counter mouth guard can prevent further damage to your teeth, although it will wear out quickly. An additional challenge is finding the right fit for your mouth to maximize the effectiveness of the mouth guard.
You can also try alternating heat and ice packs to reduce inflammation in your joint.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.