Will The Change In The Weather Affect Your TMD?
We can’t believe that the summer is coming to an end and September is here already. With the arrival of September, not only are students back to school and schedules resuming, but the cooler weather is also arriving. There are some people who dread the warmer weather and love it when the cooler weather arrives once again. People who suffer from TMD can have difficulty with their symptoms during the cold weather. Read on to learn how the colder weather this fall can affect your TMD symptoms.
Cold Weather and TMD
Now that the cold weather is blowing into our area, we want to let our patients who are receiving treatment for TMD know that these cooler temperatures can lead to complications. We are always looking for ways to make your life easier and help you prevent a flare-up of symptoms.
Have you ever heard someone mention that they know rain or bad weather is coming because they can feel it in their joints? As crazy as it may sound, it is actually possible. What they are feeling is the change in air pressure in the atmosphere, also called barometric pressure. Since TMD is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, patients can experience discomfort when the cooler weather starts. If over the next few weeks you start feeling pressure in your jaw or your jaw locks up, be sure to contact us as soon as possible.
Ways to Help
Be sure to dress appropriately when cooler weather arrives. Wear the necessary clothes and bundle up if needed. A scarf can be particularly helpful if you are bothered by the cold weather. Warm soup is a great food option to enjoy when the weather turns cold. Not only is soup delicious, but it can also be soothing for your jaw.
If you experience complications with TMD or have questions about your treatment plan, be sure to contact one of our two offices, which are located in Silverdale and Auburn, WA. We are happy to help and want you to remain comfortable this fall.