Jaw pain can be frustrating, especially when you don’t know the source of pain. It could be a problem with your teeth, ears, sinuses, or even the jaw itself. When you have jaw pain, you need to see a doctor for the right diagnosis. Jaw pain affects your ability to eat or even speak comfortably. Jaw problems can also result in the change of the shape of your jaw. For example, if you have a V shape Jaw, it could change. 

Moist heat or ice pack for immediate relief

Jaw pain may keep you from doing anything, especially if it occurs suddenly. For immediate relief, you may choose to place a warm cloth or wrapped pack of ice on your jaw. Moist heat is great for relaxing your jaw muscles and for pain relief. When the cloth cools, run it through warm water and place it on the jaw as many times as necessary. Remember to wrap the ice packs in a light towel to keep the ice from burning your skin.  

Massage the affected area

Although it may feel like touching the affected area may be unbearable, massaging it will be a relief. Use your middle  and index finger to rub the sore area. Rub your jaw in circular motions for a few minutes. Open your mouth to see how it feels. Repeat the same procedure as many times as you can. You can extend the massage to the side of your neck to ensure all the muscles connected to your jaw are massaged. 

Avoid foods that require lots of chewing

When you have jaw pain, chewing may make it worse. It is best to avoid foods that require more chewing than you can handle. Some of the items you should avoid include beef jerky, chewing gum, ice, and apples. If you can eat soft foods and soups until you get better, it is best to do so. 

Get over-the-counter pain medication

Jaw pain can be unbearable. If you feel you cannot contain the pain, you should consider taking pain medication, at least until you see a doctor. Medicine, like ibuprofen, will offer you relief for some time. 

Stress-relieving activities

Stress can sometimes lead to pain in different parts of your body, including the law. If your jaw pain is due to stress, you should consider taking part in activities that will relieve you of stress. You may choose yoga, meditation or even a relaxing walk to help you cope with the difficulties in your life. 

Non-invasive medical treatment

When you visit the doctor, he will likely try some non-invasive treatments like the use of mouth guards and muscle relaxers depending on how you are feeling. Some doctors may also recommend Botox injections. When injected in the jaw, the muscles will stop clenching, and possibly lead to jaw pain relief. Botox injections can last several months. Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, you may need more shots. 

There are several causes of jaw pain. The treatment will be highly dependent on the reasons behind the pain. You need to get to the root cause. Otherwise, you will keep treating the symptoms.

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