It is not uncommon for the jaw to become misaligned due to injury or trauma. Additionally, there are a number of other causes that can lead to jaw realignment, including teeth grinding or clenching, and misaligned teeth. Luckily, jaw realignment can be a simple procedure, especially when it’s realigned by a chiropractor.
If you have recently had your jaw realigned, it’s important to take care for optimal recovery. Here are a few things you should avoid doing after having your jaw realigned.
Don’t Eat Hard Foods
One of the most important things to avoid after having your jaw realigned is eating hard food. Biting into an apple or chewing on ice can put a lot of pressure on your teeth and jaws, which can cause your alignment to become undone. If you must eat hard food, cut them into small pieces so that you can chew them more easily.
But ideally, you should focus on soft foods that are easy to chew, such as cooked vegetables, mashed potatoes, soups and stews, eggs, fish, tofu, yogurt, ice cream, pudding, and cake.
Avoid Vigorous Activity
You should definitely avoid any activity that could put your jaw at risk of being dislocated – from playing contact sports to roller coasting and overly intense gym sessions.
If you must participate in these activities, wear protective gear; a mouth guard at the very least when playing contact sports, and take frequent breaks at the gym.
Don’t Abuse Painkillers or Other Medication
Admittedly, your jaw is likely to be sore after it has been realigned and reaching out for painkillers or other medication to help ease the discomfort is fine. However, you should beware of taking more medication than necessary.
First off, medication always has side effects – nausea, vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, and dizziness. Then, addiction to prescription painkillers is a real problem, and taking a pill every few hours is a slippery slope.
Instead, there are a few other things you can do to ease discomfort, such as applying ice to your jaw and practicing relaxation techniques.
Get Plenty of Rest
After having your jaw realigned, you should get as much rest as possible to help your body heal and reduce the risk of infection. Aim to get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
If you have trouble sleeping, there are many bedtime rituals you can pick up to make it easier to fall asleep, such as:
- Starting and maintaining a bedtime routine
- Cutting out caffeine before bed
- Avoiding screen time before bed
- Creating a relaxing environment in your bedroom with candles, music, or white noise
Jaw realignment is an important medical procedure and you should avoid eating hard foods, participating in rigorous activity, abusing pain medication, and not getting enough rest after.
If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to speak to your doctor. They’re equipped to help you through the process and ensure that you have a successful recovery.