Help for a Sore Jaw
If you have chronic pain in your jaw, you may have a problem with your temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull.1
In most cases, simple treatment at home can help relieve jaw pain and stiffness.1 Here are some strategies to try:
Rest the jaw, and avoid movements like yawning or singing.1
Try over-the-counter ibuprofen or another pain medicine.1
Learn ways to relax and control stress that work for you.1
Eat soft foods until your jaw feels better.1
Don’t chew gum.1
Try applying a soothing ice pack to your sore jaw.1
Check your posture. Slouching can cause the lower jaw to shift forward. This can put stress on the jaw muscles and joints.2
If these simple self-care strategies don’t work, your dental professional can recommend other treatments that may help your jaw feel better.1
1 “TMJ Disorders.” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, June 16, 2010. http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/TMJ/TMJDisorders.htm Accessed 2010.
2 “Headaches and Jaw Pain? Change Your Posture!” Academy of General Dentistry, november 2008. http://www.agd.org/support/articles/?ArtID=1347. Accessed 2010.