Posted on 2/29/2020 by Progressive Oral Surgery
|An aching jaw can be caused by any number of things. Some people live fairly stressful lives and may either grind their teeth while sleeping or clench them when frustrated. It might even be the result of something genetic, such as arthritis.
Of course, something as obvious as a blow to the jaw could also cause long-term discomfort until it is fully healed. Fortunately, very few of these issues are serious. If it affects how you are able to function, make sure to get it checked out. Otherwise, there are ways to alleviate the discomfort that you can perform right at home.
What Could Be Causing Your Jaw PainThe first thing you should do is try to pinpoint why you may be feeling uncomfortable. Something like being aware of bad habits, such as grinding your teeth together, can go a long way towards restoring the problem. Once you know what is causing it, all you have to do is try to stop the unfavorable behavior. Biting your nails, chewing your lips or the inside of your cheek, or biting on something like your pencil can cause stress to your jaw without you even knowing it.
What to Avoid When Your Jaw HurtsChewy foods, especially gum, should be avoided at all costs if you wish to feel better. Watch out for most sweets, such as jellybeans and caramels, as these can stick to your teeth and strain the muscles. Try to stay away from most crunchy foods as well, such as nuts, chips, and even ice, as this could cause additional stress to your jaw. Caffeine can dry out your mouth, so limit coffee and soda intake if at all possible.
If your mouth has been hurting for a while and you would like to learn more about how to help it, we can help you. Just contact our office and we will be happy to discuss what could be causing your discomfort.
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