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Jaw joint problems
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If you experience jaw joint pain the following may alleviate some symptoms. If symptoms persist or get worse it is important that you see your doctor or dentist.
- A soft diet that requires little chewing – this allows over-worked muscles to rest.
- Painkillers – anti-inflammatory medication (eg. Nurofen) is good and can be taken as either tables or applied as a gel on the outside of the joint.
- Heat – e.g. warm water in a hot water bottle (avoid boiling water) wrapped in a towel applied to the side of the face.
- Identifying and stopping any habits, such as clenching or grinding. Remember that these may be “subconscious”, i.e. you may not be aware of them.
- Relaxation therapy and learning techniques to control tension and stress.
- Resting the joint as much as possible – e.g. avoiding yawning.