The pain and jaw dysfunction associated with Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can impact your ability to chew and swallow food.
How and what you are able to eat can seriously compromise your nutritional and health status – an aspect of TMD that is often overlooked by both patients and health care providers.
The Associations of patients asked their opinion on this topic. Here are a few comments we received:
«…Eating fruits, veggies, and health foods tend to be very hard on my jaw; I can get a headache just from eating an apple or a few carrots. I would much rather sit around and eat mashed potatoes and not hurt…»
«…There are days I am so hungry, but I know the price I will pay if I ‘chew’ the wrong foods…»
«…My daily food choices are very limited, due to the possibility of my jaw locking up while chewing crunchy or chewy foods…»
Based on patient feedback, we found that there is a definite need to make a Nutrition Guide. Some of these expertises are:
- Patti Cobb, RD, CD, Chief Clinical Dietitian and Dena McDowell, MS, RD, CD, Registered Dietitian, both with the Food and Nutritional Services at Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a teaching institution affiliated with the Medical College of Wisconsin.
- Joel Epstein, DMD, MSD, Consulting Staff, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California, Collaborative Member, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and staff at Cedars-Sinai Health Sciences Center in Los Angeles, California.
- Janelle Botez, TMD patient who encouraged us to undertake this project and offered her insight as a patient on the booklet content.
- Maureen Donahue who volunteered her time and talents in creating the booklet layout and design.
These specialists are some of the best experts in conducting diet for people suffering from TMD. They are developed, «TMD Nutrition and You,» a nutritional guide booklet specifically developed for people with compromised oral function to help them maintain a healthy diet in spite of their oral disability.
Fuente: Asociación Americana de Pacientes.