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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What is the best diet for someone with temporomandibular joint disorder?

    What foods are safe to eat and will minimise the pain associated with TMJ?
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    Dr Paul Coceancig

    Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

    I am a specialist oral & maxillofacial surgeon based in Sydney and Newcastle, Australia. I graduated in medicine from the University of Otago, and in … View Profile

    The best diet for temporomandibualr joint disorder is puree.

    The general rule is, if it can't come up a straw, you can't have it.

    The idea behind having a blended or puree diet is that it takes away the effort at chewing, or even opening your mouth to take food in.

    The change in idet is only for the short term, and the aim of oervall terhapy is to get you back eating a normal consistency of diet… eventually.

    If you have an acute TMJ problem, seek a referral to an oral & maxillofacial surgeon from either your GP or dentist.

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    Kerry Read


    Headline Physiotherapy for the Head Neck and Jaw deals specifically with TMJ Facial Pain Headache Migraine and other musculoskeletal issues involving the cranial area. All … View Profile

    Progressing beyond the puree stage, there are a few tips which you may find helpful for your recovery. The main things to avoid are:

    Anything you have to open wide to bite into.
    Bite and tear foods like crusty bread.
    Overly chewy foods like tough meat.

    Therefore, a large crusty roll filled with a slab of beef is a complete no no! Minties, Fantales and Redskins should never cross your lips again. Watch out for muesli bars, hard chocolate and food with mixed textures. Olives with unexpected pits and nuts which may have shells mixed in, can give you an agonising shock, so take care with finger and party food.


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