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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

What soft foods should I eat if I have temporomandibular joint disorder?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Eating soft foods might decrease the amount of stress you put on your temporomandibular joint and allow it time to heal. Smaller foods are better so you do not have to strain your mouth to chew large chunks of food. Here are some tips on what kinds of food to look for and what to avoid. Look for soft foods like these:
    • Beans
    • Steamed vegetables or fruits
    • Cheese or cottage cheese
    • Fish
    • Fruit smoothies
    • Grains, like oatmeal or other soft, hot breakfast cereals
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Soup
    • Yogurt
    Avoid:
    • Any food that is so large that you have to open your mouth very wide
    • Sticky or chewy items, like caramel apple or candy bars
    • Hard or crunchy foods, apples, pretzels, or raw carrots
    • Crunchy cereals
    • Tough steak
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  • AJohn Van der Werff, DDS, Dentist, answered
    Any food that increases the pain should be avoided.

    I usually suggest liquids high in proteins and vitamins like shakes, smoothies, and blended fruits and vegetables. I would avoid drinking them through a straw because that can also slow healing.
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