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

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.
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
  • 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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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

TMJ or Temmporomandibular Joint Disorder is pain or malfunction at the point where the jawbone is attached. TMJ can have many symptoms, from clicking, to locking of the jaw, to headache, earache or even a feeling of tiredness in t...

he face. TMJ can have as many causes as there are symptoms: arthritis, gnashing of teeth, injury, dislocation of cushioning material. Depending on how severe the problem is, treatment may range from a change in habits and posture - not resting you chin in your hand - to an oral appliance at night, to pain injections or surgery.

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