Foods You Should Avoid If You Have TMJ

If you’re suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ), then it’s more than likely your life is not an easy one, especially when it comes to food choices. It can be quite painful to chew your food properly or bite into particular meals. It is for this reason that we have come up with the foods to avoid.

What food to avoid if you have TMJ:

Let’s look firstly at the reason why certain foods are not good for TMJ – the obvious choices such as hard foods. There’s a reason for this because the jaw is in pain and cannot open to the degree you need in order to eat.

·         Chewing-gum: This may not be a food as such, but constant chewing can cause chronic pain.

·         Processed foods: Limit foods that can cause joint pain by way of inflammation, such as processed foods, sugars, alcohol, tobacco, salt, refined carbohydrates, corn oil. Essentially any foods that are high in sugar will cause inflammation.

·         Chewy foods: These are considered foods such as bread, nuts and lollies that can cause you to have to chew for longer than necessary. Unfortunately, this means no steak or morning bagels!

·         Peppers and fruits with hard pips: Things like olives and hot peppers are best avoided.

What can cause your TMJ to worsen?

Food sensitivities can cause inflammation in the body making TMJ pain worse. Many of us may be sensitive to gluten, dairy, fructose. If you suffer from excess gas, being bloated, leaky gut, loose stools etc when you should get tests done to see if you have food sensitivities and then eliminate these foods from your diet

But there is good news. Here are the meals that you could enjoy:

·         Breakfast:     Scrambled eggs, avocado, smoked fish

·         Lunch:           Beans, fish, soft chicken or tofu with cooked veggies

·         Dinner:          Rice with vegetables or soup and veggies, fish, chicken.

For more information or if you want to speak to someone in Melbourne about your TMJ condition, visit or contact us as soon as possible.