Whether your jaw is misaligned as a result of allergies, surgery, or a habit of mouth breathing, it can be very difficult and annoying to fix it. But since constant dull pain is usually a consequence of this misalignment, the effort you'll have to make is well worth it. Here are three tips to increase the effectiveness of the exercises your neuromuscular dentist gives you to achieve jaw alignment.

Put As Much Time Between Jaw Exercises And Meals As Possible

If you start your exercises too soon after a big meal, your jaw will be both too tired and too stuck in your old habits to make full use of the time you spend. On the other hand, eating immediately after moving your jaw a lot is a great way to develop increased soreness.

So if you're planning on exercising your jaw twice a day, try to schedule your sessions for the two midpoints between your three main meals. If you want to completely eliminate the risk of excess soreness, work to cut out as many smaller snacks in the middle of your day as possible.

Drink Lots Of Warm Water

Jaw misalignment frequently causes the muscles around your entire mouth to periodically ache. While jaw exercises will eventually mitigate this problem, the fact that your muscles have to work harder will initially make the pain worse.

Drinking a glass of warm water whenever you feel aching will help, especially if you swish the water around your mouth before swallowing. Just remember to test the water with a finger to make sure that it isn't so hot that it burns your tongue and gum line.

Don't Press Your Tongue Too Hard Against Your Mouth While Moving Your Jaw Around

While you're moving your jaw during your exercises, you might have a tendency to put a lot of pressure on your tongue so that it stays firmly on the roof of your mouth. However, if your tongue is pressing up so hard that its muscles are strained, this strain will spread to the rest of your mouth and eventually affect the smooth operation of your jaw.

So make sure that both your tongue and the rest of your mouth are totally relaxed when you're moving your jaw around for exercises.

While it may seem like a daunting task to align your jaw, persistence is the key to success. As long as you consistently perform your jaw exercises in an effective manner, it's only a matter of time before the major issues with your mouth are addressed. For more information, contact a local neuromuscular dentistry expert. 

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