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3 Tips to Make Mealtimes More Enjoyable With TMD

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Who doesn’t love mealtime? Gathering with family or friends and eating your favorite foods can be one of the most enjoyable experiences – unless you suffer from TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). The jaw discomfort that accompanies TMD can drain the pleasure from these dining experiences when the simple act of chewing is a painful ordeal.

TMD develops when the jaw joint (TMJ) becomes overstrained, inflamed or damaged. Since the TMJ controls how we open and close our mouth, when this malfunctions, it can cause a number of disruptive symptoms that make chewing difficult and even painful.

At the office of Dr. Mitzi Morris, we don’t want patients with TMD to limit their eating choices or compromise a healthy diet. We also don’t want them to avoid eating with loved ones altogether. Therefore, our office not only diagnoses and treats TMD, but we also recommend the following mealtime tips for those who suffer from this oral health condition.

Prepare your food. Whenever possible, try to think ahead. For example, if there are tougher peels or skins on your fruits and vegetables, remove them ahead of time. In addition, chopping food into small bites can greatly ease your discomfort and limit stress on your jaw joint during mealtime.

Choose “wetter” cooking methods. One of the best ways to soften foods is to moisten them, either with how you cook them or by adding sauces or gravies. This allows you to keep vegetables and lean meats on your plate despite your battle with a stiff or popping jaw.

Modify your eating habits. A simple change in how you chew your food during a meal can go a long way in alleviating TMD symptoms. Eating smaller bites and slowing down your chewing motion can keep your jaw in a more comfortable range.

Talk to a Jaw Pain Specialist in Roswell

Having TMD can often mean a wax and wane of symptoms. However, avoiding a TMJ flare-up doesn’t have to mean restricting yourself to a soft, carb-rich diet. Call our Roswell dental team today to learn how you can manage your TMD and still live an enjoyable and healthy life!

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

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  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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