A painful jaw is not something that you can just ignore, especially if the pain becomes so intense that it radiates to surrounding body parts (such as the neck). Jaw ache may be a symptom of a more serious illness so it is important to have this pain checked to be able to come up with the proper diagnosis, as well as the appropriate treatment.
As you prepare to go to your dentist or doctor to have the aching jaw problem, there are some things you can do on your own to alleviate the pain and discomfort. The home remedies below are meant to provide you with some measure of comfort and freedom from the pain caused by jaw ache – but it is still very important to have the jaw pain symptoms checked by a dentist or doctor to get a proper diagnosis, and to ensure that you will get a long-term treatment plan for your aching jaw.
Jaw Pain Home Remedies
- Aching jaws can be relieved with hot or cold compresses. You can soak a towel in hot or cold water, and then place this wet towel on the sides of the jaw (where the pain is located) to ease the discomfort. If the wetness of the towel bothers you, you can use a hot water bottle instead, and wrap this in a dry towel before putting it against your jaws.
- Gently massaging your aching jaws can also provide temporary comfort from the pain. Make sure that you use gentle, relaxing motions when massaging the jaws so you do not add to the pain and discomfort that the area already experiences. Gentle massaging also helps in making the jaw muscles stronger.
- Relax! Too much stress can lead you to clench or grind your teeth together, which puts a lot of pressure on your jaw muscles (causing them to ache). Stress management can do wonders in relieving aching jaw symptoms – and can also help you in leading a better quality of life in general. Teeth clenching, which is also called bruxism, happens mostly at night so you won’t usually know about it; stress can make your jaws ache when you unknowingly clench your teeth especially while you are asleep.
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