How Can I Relieve Jaw Pain at Home?

When it comes to your dental health, there are no home remedies that actually help you cure chronic conditions. In the case of jaw pain, for instance, the discomfort typically results from an issue with the alignment of your jaw and/or teeth, or a discrepancy with your jaw joints and muscles. Fortunately, some people may be able to find temporary relief for chronic jaw pain with these few tips. However, that pain is likely to come back soon, and stronger, if you don’t seek a professional jaw assessment and treatment (if necessary) from your dentist.

A Few Tips for Jaw Pain

  • Try to relax your jaw muscles – Jaw pain is often the result of stress, which can manifest itself as constant tension in your jaw muscles. Try to relax them by gently massaging the muscles on both sides, or by applying a heating pad to each alternatively. As the muscles loosen, your jaw pain should temporarily subside.
  • Stop chewing on things that aren’t food – If you have a habit of biting on pens or pencils or anything else as you think, or as a nervous tic, then stop. Chewing on things that aren’t food only taxes your jaw muscles, causing them to become exhausted.
  • Try an OTC pain reliever – For severe pain, you may try an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Tylenol or Aspirin, to take the edge off of it. However, if your pain has become severe, then it may be even more imperative that you schedule a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible.

Find Permanent Jaw Pain Relief with TMJ Treatment

Depending on the exact nature and cause of your jaw pain, you may be able to find temporary relief at home with these few tips. However, permanent relief may require more permanent, professional TMJ treatment from your dentist. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.

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