Practice in General Dentistry and Orofacial Pain Management

Norwood Dental Associates
200 Norwood Avenue, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Phone: (732) 663-1200
Fax: (732) 663-1222

Silver Ridge Dental
569 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, NJ 08755

Phone: (732) 914-0500        
Fax: (732) 914-8788


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Patient Self Care


Limit jaw opening (yawning, etc.) to no more than 2 fingers width.

Rest of the jaw by avoiding heavy chewing (gum, bagels, tough meat).

Avoid grinding and clenching of teeth by keeping the teeth slightly apart and the jaw relaxed.

Avoid leaning on or sleeping on the jaw.

Avoid tongue thrusting and chewing non-food items (fingernails, pens, pencils, etc.).

Avoid playing wind, brass and string musical instruments that stress, retrude or strain the jaw.

Use cold or ice packs or moist heat compresses as directed by your doctor or therapist.

Massage of the affected muscles.

Perform gentle range-of-motion exercise of the jaw as directed by your doctor or therapist.

Use of medications as directed by your doctor.


This page was updated on November 13, 2011

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