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TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders have a wide variety of causes and influencers. One of them is poorly-managed stress. Stress can cause you to clench or grind your teeth, among other things. And effectively managing stress can help prevent the development of TMJ issues. Did you know there are all kinds of healthy foods you can eat that help reduce stress? Here are a few:

– Complex carbs. Whole grain bread, pasta, and oatmeal are all great sources of complex carbs. These stimulate the brain to produce serotonin, a chemical that reduces stress by creating calm. In truth, all carbs do this, but complex carbs take longer to digest and are healthier overall.

– Oranges, or any food high in vitamin C. It can combat stress hormones like cortisol and help you return to normal after a stressful task. It is also beneficial for the immune system.

– Milk. Your mother was right, a glass of milk before bed is good for you. Calcium can help ease feelings of anxiety and even mood swings. It can also feel soothing. Pair it with a light carb-containing snack to release a little serotonin as well.

– Fatty fish. Many kinds of fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These are helpful for all kinds of issues, from depression to heart disease. They also work to prevent surges of stress hormones.

A healthy, balanced diet is essential to overall wellness, and one that promotes stress reduction can help prevent potential TMJ disorders. To learn more about TMJ treatments, please call Eric Goldberg, DDS at our Exton, PA, office.