As I’m sure you know, there is incorrect medical information to be found on the internet, which makes it no surprise that snake oil TMJ disorder treatments are plentiful. Part of this is because there are people marketing to TMJ disorder patients who have absolutely zero knowledge of the jaw – they are purely trying to make money off the fact that we are in pain and looking for a way out.
Here are five of those snake oil remedies…beware of anyone pushing these types of treatments on you. In fact, anyone who has to hard sell you on their TMJ related product, probably doesn’t have such a great product to begin with.
- Cilantro – eating cilantro does not help TMJ disorder. I’m sure you are not surprised to hear me say that. 😉 There is a belief that it helps with metal toxicity, but TMJD has never been associated with metal toxicity in the first place.
- NICO (Cavitations) – Cavitations are claimed to be holes in the bones where teeth have been removed. People who believe in this advocate removing teeth that have had root canals, which does not help TMJD. Furthermore, cavitations have not been scientifically proven to exist.
- Removing Gluten – Eating a gluten free diet to help TMJ disorder has not been proven to make a difference. At this point the only reason to eat gluten free would be if you have a medical reason (ie: celiac disease).
- Acai Berry Juice – Again, this has not been proven to have any effect on jaw pain. Keep in mind that food items like this do not have to be FDA approved to make claims, so many claim they can cure tons of illnesses, even if they can’t (or aren’t sure what they can do).
- Getting rid of stress – Stress in and of itself does not usually cause TMJ disorder, so removing it from your life will not also remove TMJD. Many patients feel as though stress is a contributing factor to their jaw pain, and when they have stressful periods, their jaw pain can often be worse. However, in my experience as a patient I have always felt that my TMJD does not miraculously disappear when I am less stressed.
It is important to remember that, at the moment, there is no cure for TMJ disorder. Any article, blog, doctor, or person claiming that there is, could be pushing remedies like the ones above. Most patients find that the best course of action is one of conservative, non-invasive treatment with adequate pain management and self-care. Do keep in mind that everyone is different, so what works for another patient, may not work for you.
As a smart TMJ disorder patient said to me yesterday, “I have tried many different solutions for my jaw pain, but there is no one thing that works. The best thing so far has been a combination of many things that each give me some relief.”
Have you been scammed? What is the craziest thing you have ever heard “cures” TMJD?