Jaw pain is any kind of pain or discomfort in the jaw area, which includes the lower jaw (mandible, often referred to as the jaw bone), temporomandibular joint (TMJ or jaw joint), and surrounding soft tissues. The jaw joint connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull and is responsible for bringing the lower and upper jaws together. It is one of the most frequently used joints in the body. When you have Jaw pain or tooth pain you may feel a dull ache, or it may be so painful that you can’t open your mouth to eat. Jaw pain may be triggered by various activities, such as eating, swallowing or merely touching the jaw area. When these aches doesn't go after some weeks, 3 things could be causing it.
Acid Reflux Disease; Acid reflux occurs when the stomach acids responsible for breaking down foods work their way up into the esophagus. The result is a burning, often painful sensation in the chest. But it can also affect the teeth. Dental manifestations of acid reflux disease begins with mild pitting of the chewing surfaces of the teeth, and slowly progresses to involve severe pitting of the chewing surfaces as well as the areas near the gums. The damage and wear on the teeth from acid reflux can cause toothache, sensitivity, and even Jaw pain.
Sinus problems; The sinuses are air-filled cavities located close to the jaw joint. If the sinuses become infected with a germ, such as a virus or bacterium, the result can be an excess of mucus that puts pressure on the jaw joint, and teeths, causing pain.
Heart Problem; Early Signs of heart attack can cause pain in other areas of the body besides the chest, like the arms, back, neck, and jaw. Women in particular may experience jaw pain on the left side of their faces during early signs of heart attack. If your jaw pain or tooth pain persist for more that a week after taking calcium supplements, you should see your doctor, your heart might be at risk.
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