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Do You Notice Jaw Aches After Chewing Gum?

Posted on 3/21/2022 by Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery
Do You Notice Jaw Aches After Chewing Gum?If you notice jaw pain after chewing gum, you could be having various underlying conditions. Jaw pain causes difficulties in eating and speaking. There are many causes of jaw pain, from your ears and sinuses to your teeth. It is important that you visit our offices when you notice jaw pain; it could be a sign of different dental conditions.

Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder (TMD)

The most common cause of jaw pain is TMD. Also known as TMJ, this condition affects at least two out of 15 people. The condition affects the temporomandibular joints, which are hinge joints on both of your jaws. There are several causes of TMD jaw pain, and most of them are connected to TMJ. Some of the common causes include irregular jaw movement, pain from muscles that control chewing, excessive stimulation of the jaws, and injury to the jaw joint, among others. Besides, damage to the muscles that control jaw movement is caused by factors like involuntary clenching of teeth, grinding your teeth overnight, and trauma to the joints caused by fall accidents.

Other Dental Problems

If you notice some jaw aches after chewing gum, it could also mean that you have other dental problems. In most cases, pain on either side of the jaw is traced to various oral health concerns. Some of the common dental conditions that tend to cause jaw pain include missing or misaligned teeth, tooth decay, gum disease, growth of wisdom teeth, abscessed tooth, or cavities. It is important to have our dentists treat any of these conditions before they advance and cause damage to the jaw. You should also take good care of your teeth to prevent the growth of bacteria. You can do so by brushing thoroughly and flossing on a regular basis. Visit our offices to diagnose and treat jaw pains.


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