Monday, April 26, 2010

Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is a common ailment and has many causes. Injury, bruxism, or even tooth pain can all trigger jaw pain. To relieve jaw pain, do the following:

1. Apply moist heat or cold packs.
Apply a moist heat or cold pack on the side of your face. A warm washcloth applied to the side of your face can stimulate blood flow and soothe the nerves on your jaw. The warm heat can also relax the muscles on your face to ease the pain. On the other hand, ice packs numb the area so you do not feel the pain in your jaw.

2. Go on a liquid or soft diet.
By going on a soft but nutritious diet, you limit the chewing process. You can also make eating easier by cutting your food up in smaller pieces.

3. Wear splints or night guards.
Splints and night guards are plastic mouthpieces that fit over the upper and lower teeth. They keep the upper and lower teeth from coming together, hence, lessening the effects of clenching or grinding the teeth. They also correct the bite by positioning the teeth in their most correct and least traumatic position.

By: Kristine Gonzaga

1 comment:

  1. Jaw pain can be intense and throbbing, or mildly uncomfortable; jaw pain can occur suddenly without warning, or build up gradually over a period of time.

    One of the most common causes of jaw pain is TMD, or Temporomandibular Disorder. TMD has many different causes, and it affects the temperomandibular joint of the jaw.

    Some tips to reduce Jaw pain:- Bite on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves. It contains antiseptic and warming properties that help ease jaw pain. Oil of cloves can be found at many drug stores.

    Give a small massage to the tender area. Rub the muscles along the jaw line, applying gentle pressure to increase blood flow and help relax the muscles.

    Avoid eating hard and chewy foods.