Vitamin C

Can vitamin C help TMJ?

I know what you are thinking, everybody knows vitamin C helps treat the common cold. You probably even remember historically it was used for preventing and treating scurvy.

The benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and even skin wrinkling according to webmd.com.

Most experts recommend getting your vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits. I know sometimes that is hard to do or to get enough vitamin C.

Let me tell you my personal experience with vitamin C. I was diagnosed with TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) many years ago. My dentist sent me to a specialist who wanted to make a mouth guard. I didn’t have insurance to cover it, so I declined the mouth guard.

My TMJ became worse, I couldn’t chew gum anymore, because my jaw would ache and pop. I couldn’t eat hamburgers or big sandwiches, because I physically could not open my mouth wide enough.

Then one day I read an article in a magazine that taking 1000 milligrams of vitamin C per day would help prevent UTIs (urinary tract infections). I thought, “Who doesn’t want to avoid UTIs?”. I am not sure if the vitamin C actually prevented UTIs. I didn’t get them that often but, after taking vitamin C for a while I noticed my jaw didn’t ache and pop as much anymore. I could chew gum again and take bigger bites, like eating a hamburger!

Just to test this theory I stopped taking vitamin C for a couple of days and my jaw started to pop again. Now I make sure to take 1000 milligrams of vitamin C every night.

I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. So in all seriousness please check with your doctor before you take vitamin C or other supplements. See my disclaimer page for more information. Also check out the side effects & safety of vitamin C from webmd.com.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Lisa

    This is some great information! I suffer from TMJ as well and have the (very expensive) mouth guard. 2 1/2 years ago I was in a car accident where I suffered whiplash from a rear-end collision. I did several rounds of physical therapy to alleviate the pain from this and some of the exercises actually relieved my TMJ. Who knew!!!

    1. Wetrieditathome

      Glad to hear you are doing better! I haven’t tried any exercises, but good to know. Right now Vitamin C is keeping the pain and jaw popping away!!!

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