Why is My Jaw Sore After Eating Candy?
If you experience jaw soreness after eating candy as well as other symptoms like pain, tenderness, and difficulty moving your jaw, you may have a problem with your TMJ joint. Also known as the temporomandibular joint, it allows you to open and close your jaw. The TMJ joint makes it possible for you to eat, speak, and breathe through your mouth.
Symptoms of TMJ Pain
The most prominent symptom of TMJ is pain associated with jaw movements like chewing, speaking, and yawning. Other signs and symptoms of TMJ pain are jaw popping, locking of the jaw joint, earaches or ear pain, and popping of the ears. Facial pain, headaches or migraines, and teeth grinding or bruxism may also lead to TMJ pain.
Causes of TMJ Pain
TMJ disorder is caused by an impaired temporomandibular joint. This may occur because of a physical injury such as whiplash or a heavy blow. Autoimmune diseases, infections, poor posture, misaligned bite, and stress may also contribute to it. Our friend and Cary, NC dentist Leo Haydt has stated that TMJ is a common discussion at his practice in the last several years.
Treatments for TMJ Pain
Sometimes, TMJ pain may subside without treatment. In most cases, however, you will need to treat it. Medications such as pain relievers and muscle relaxants may help. Therapy to strengthen the jaw muscles and the use of an oral splint can also be effective.
A combination of dental treatments may be necessary as well. These may include tooth reshaping, dental crowns, and mouthguards. Orthodontics and dental implants are other viable options.
In addition, there are several self-care treatments that may be effective. Resting your jaw, eating soft foods, exercising your jaw, and practicing good posture are all wise ideas. One of our good friends from dental school and Pensacola orthodontist Dr. Clay Sims has encouraged patients to eat soft food any time there are jaw or teeth concerns.
Schedule an Appointment at McNeely Family Dentistry
If you have further questions about TMJ disorder or would like to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to contact our office at 704-496-9001. We look forward to hearing from you and providing you with the prompt, quality service you deserve.