How to Get Rid of Jaw Pain
A pain in the jaw is associated with your temporo-mandibular joint where the mandible connects with the temporal bone in your skull. This is known as the only movable joint in the head. When we talk, laugh or swallow, this is the one that is responsible for the movement.
Temporo-mandibular joint displacements happen when you overuse this muscle and joints, have a recent trauma of wrong eating habits. Some of the accompanying symptoms are head pain, neck pain, pain in the muscle masseter (the muscle of mastication), lock jaw and many more. When this hits you, a simple opening of the mouth would be impossible without pain. So here are some of the natural ways on how to get rid of it.
Stop chewing gum
Except for the fact that it has really no benefits to your health or whatsoever, it can also help you relive the jaw pains. When you constantly chew gum, you unnecessary overuse the muscles around your jaw. That will cause exhaustion and eventually soreness and pain. This will then lead to damaged muscles and also the disc in the temporo-mandibular joint which is the main reason why you will have jaw pain and difficulty of chewing. On top of gum chewing, make sure that you watch with what else you put in your mouth. It’s best to avoid sucking or chewing on hard candies. Consider swapping the hard foods with something that is soft.
Tight neck muscles can often contribute to unwanted pains and improper movement of the temporo-mandibular joint. Try to stretch your neck everyday for about 10 minutes (late in the afternoon or before sleeping) and you will prevent yourself with having jaw pains and other jaw-neck problems. Follow these simple neck exercises:
- Forward flexion (bend your neck forward)
- Back extension (bend your neck backward)
- Rotation to the right (turn your neck to the right)
- Rotation to the left (turn your neck to the right)
- Lateral flexion to the right (bend your neck to the right)
- Lateral flexion to the left (bend your neck to the left)\
Pressure on you jaw muscles will help stimulate the muscles and promote smooth movements. Using your forefinger, palpate or feel the muscles in the jaw region—concentrating more on the fibers that are just located above the sharp angle of your jaw. Once located, apply deep pressure using your forefinger or your thumb. The pressure should be enough to create an achy sensation but not too much that it can cause pain. Maintain the pressure for as long as you can and as long as it is tolerable—30 seconds is enough. Do this as frequent as possible. For best results, you can add a few movements. So while the pressure is still there, slowly open and close your mouth. Do not force it to open widely.
The jaw pain could be caused by grinding at night. If you think that this is a problem, consider meeting with a dentist. If the dentist does think that this is the problem of your jaw pain, they can fit you for a jaw bite that can help with the grinding.