Why TMJ Symptoms Can Flare Up over the Holidays
What causes TMJ symptoms to flare up just when you’re celebrating? There are many factors that go into the increased frequency of TMJ symptoms at this time.
First, you are eating different kinds of foods. Some of these foods are notoriously tough to chew–like the dry turkey that your aunt always makes. Others might require you to open your mouth wide, like the leftover turkey sandwich you always make with everything on it.
You might also be drinking a lot more caffeine and alcohol than usual. Both of these can contribute to teeth clenching and grinding, and clenching and grinding your teeth often leads to headaches and other TMJ symptoms.
Speaking of clenching and grinding, another part of the problem is stress. While you might love your family and friends, they might also come with stress. You might also feel stress from the challenges of organizing events, doing holiday shopping, and still trying to enjoy yourself. No wonder many people are stressed out at this time of year.
Add to the list the need to do seasonal tasks like hauling gifts, putting up decorations, and even shoveling snow, and your jaw joints are being put under extreme strain at this time.
Is this strain too much? The appearance of these symptoms can tell.