Why do I get Jaw Ache?

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Jaw ache can be caused by a number of factors. Firstly, injury or trauma to the bone or nearby areas can often cause prolonged periods of pain in the jaw. Similarly, due to the fact the sinus cavities are near the jaw, if they become inflamed, this may often cause pain in the jaw. There are a range of other problems with muscles and diseases of the mouth which can also contribute to jaw pain. For instance, many people suffering from temporomandibular joint disorders also experience pain or stiffness in their jaw. Lower jaw pain is often caused by problem such as arthritis, whiplash injuries and structural problems which were present from birth. Jaw pain may also be caused by heart problems and there are links with certain types of diabetes medication. Pain in the jaw can also cause a response in other parts of the body producing symptoms such as toothaches, ear-aches and headaches. Similarly, many patients experiencing jaw pain find eating difficult and tend not to eat a lot. This can often have the adverse effect of sapping a sufferer’s strength and increased jaw pain.

Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to combat jaw pain. Regularly engaging in a series of jaw muscle exercises can often be of use as they can help increase blood circulation in the tightened jaw muscles. Many sufferers also find placing wet and hot towels over their jaw is often of use. Gently massaging the area is a technique commonly used by sufferers to bring temporary relief.

There are also a range of medications available over the counter which can be effectively used to reduce the pain associated with jaw ache. Although they won't provide a cure for the underlying issue, they can be helpful in reducing the symptoms of jaw ache and helping sufferers manage the condition on a day to day basis. It is also vital for those with jaw ache to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. As jaw ache has so many potential causes, it is often hard for doctors to diagnose the cause. However, nutritional deficiency can often be a root cause of jaw problems as can mineral deficiencies in magnesium or calcium.

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