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10 Vitamins and Supplements to Support TMJ Health

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 10 Vitamins and Supplements to Support TMJ Health

Managing temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder often requires a full-body, holistic treatment plan. TMJ disorder is predominantly a chronic condition that will need to be managed by a coordinated team of dentists, TMJ specialists, physical therapists, and additional healthcare providers. Your care team may prescribe a few of the following vitamins and supplements to treat specific parts of your body and mind to improve and maintain your TMJ health.

  1. Glucosamine Sulfate. Glucosamine is found in the fluid around joints, including the TMJs. It can help rebuild cartilage, improve the range of motion in joints, and provide more fluid for smoother movement. Often prescribed for other joint conditions like osteoarthritis, glucosamine can sometimes help relieve pain as effectively as over-the-counter pain relievers. However, it can take between 4-8 weeks of continuos use to provide pain relief.

  2. Chondroitin Sulfate. Chondroitin is a chemical found in the cartilage around the joints. It is often prescribed alongside glucosamine as an anti-inflammatory for conditions like TMJ disorder, osteoarthritis, muscle soreness, and even psoriasis.

  3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids. These oils provide full-body benefits to the brain, heart, joint, and for those who suffer with inflammation in the TMJs. Studies have proven omega-3 fatty acids to be just as effective at reducing pain as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.

  4. Vitamin D3. Most people will get the majority of their vitamin D3 from natural sources like sunshine and leafy green vegetables. However, about half of the population maintain a deficiency of D3. Having enough vitamin D3 in your body can decrease your pain levels, improve your sleep, and strengthen your bones. Note: take calcium with Vitamin D3 to boost efficacy of up to 50 percent.

  5. Calcium. Ninety-nine percent of the body’s calcium is found in the bones, so it stands to reason that bones need adequate calcium in order to stay healthy, including bones found in the TMJs. Calcium also contributes to muscle contraction, nerve impulses, and plays a major role in hormonal regulation, all of which can influence TMJ pain.

  6. Magnesium. Magnesium deficiency can lead to tense, spastic muscles. It also contributes to bone strength, nerve function, and cartilage health. In combination with calcium, these two supplements can work together to help relax your jaw muscles and relieve your TMJs of excess strain and tension.

  7. B-Complex Vitamins. B-complex vitamins often include vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B7, B9, and B12. These vitamins are essential to help our bodies turn food into energy. If you deal with chronic pain, it can be difficult to maintain daily tasks and your preferred lifestyle. B- complex vitamins can also decrease stress levels, which is a major contributor in poor TMJ health.

  8. Tumeric. This brightly-colored spice is best known for its role in curries, but it also packs powerful anti-inflammatory properties. The key component, curcumin, can reduce pain, stiffness, inflammation, infections, and some gastrointestinal issues.

  9. Vitamin C. Vitamin C is often used in the fall and winter to help boost the immune system and help fight off colds and flus. However, it also produces collagen, which contributes to joint health. Similar to B vitamins, vitamin C can often decrease in times of stress and contribute to poor TMJ health.

  10. Vitamin E. The benefits of vitamin E are wide and varied. It may be used for healthy skin, heart health, cancer prevention, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It can also increase energy levels, reduce muscle fatigue and pain, and improve muscle strength.

Important note: Many of these vitamins and supplements have little to no scientific evidence to support their efficacy. As with any new drug, never begin a vitamin or supplement regimen without first speaking to your doctor, pharmacist, or trusted healthcare provider. Some vitamins and supplements may interact with medications you’re already taking, or you may not know the recommended dose to take for your specific condition.

For more help managing your TMJ disorder, contact the trusted team Advanced Dental Implant and TMJ Center . You can visit their website or call them at (662) 655 -4868 to ask questions or to schedule an appointment.

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