What to Do When Your Jaw Won't Stop Hurting
Like most parts of your body, you don't appreciate the work your jaw joint does until it isn't working properly. This can result in painful symptoms like toothaches, headaches, clicking or popping sounds when the joint moves, or pain when you open and close your jaw.
Called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), your jaw joint is a hinge that allows you to move your lower jaw to speak, chew, and express emotion. You can find it by placing your fingers in front of your ears and moving your jaw up and down.
Common TMJ Problems
There are several reasons why your TMJ might be acting up:
Teeth grinding (bruxism) – Grinding your teeth occasionally ...