Chewing pain can result from a variety of causes, including gum disease, tooth loss, and cavities. Even long-term problems like TMJ disorder or oral cancer can result in chewing pain.
While your dentist may have treatment options that can help with your chewing pain, there are a few things that you can do to manage your discomfort on your own.
Many of these tips have to do with your diet and what you choose to eat, so to ease your pain at mealtime, consider following some of these guidelines:
Blend or mash foods together. Cook ground beef or ground turkey, and then add in cooked vegetables. You can use these mixtures to create soups or casseroles that are healthy, well-balanced, and easy on your mouth.
Choose naturally soft foods. There are certain food items that are naturally better than others when it comes to jaw pain. Ice cream, mashed potatoes, pudding, and yogurt are all good options when you are experiencing jaw discomfort.
Cut your food into small, manageable bites. If you want to eat a fruit or vegetable, but are concerned about how your mouth will feel, try cutting it up into small pieces.
Add moisture to dry foods. If you are going to be eating something that is especially dry, you can moisten it with butter or sauce to make it softer. The result will be a food item that is easier to eat and will cause less jaw pain.
Choose softer options. If you love apples, switch to applesauce instead. You'll get the apple flavor that you enjoy without the added jaw or chewing pain.
If your chewing pain is something new, make sure that you contact our office so that he can help to identify the cause as well as a potential solution. Until then, following a soft diet will help to keep you comfortable.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS