Jaw Pain? Treat it While You Sleep

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Causes of Jaw Pain

If you’re experiencing jaw pain, there are a number of potential causes. The two most common reasons are TMJ disorder and bruxism. TMJ disorder occurs when your temporomandibular joint connecting your jaw to the skull is out of alignment. You may hear popping noises when you work your jaw, such as when you chew or yawn. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding. No matter which one is the source of your jaw pain, you can help to alleviate its symptoms during sleep by using the CustMbite Nightguard

TMJ disorder can be caused by a variety of incidents. Receiving an injury to your teeth or jaw during sports or other activities can knock the joint out of alignment. If you clench or grind your teeth on a regular basis, or even chew your bottom lip as a habit, TMJ disorder can develop. Other causes include poor posture, arthritis in the temporomandibular joint, gum chewing, and even stress. Continue reading to learn more about jaw pain and how the CustMbite Nightguard can help. 

What signs indicate you have problems with your jaw other than jaw pain?

While jaw pain is the most obvious sign that you are having problems with TMJ disorder or bruxism, it’s not the sole symptom. As mentioned above, you may notice a clicking sound when you eat, chew your food, or chew gum. You may feel a tugging pain in your ear rather than pain directly in your jaw too, and you could also hear popping sounds in your ears with no apparent cause. 

Often, people experience headaches related to jaw pain that can be linked to TMJ disorder or bruxism. These headaches tend to occur in the temples. You may also notice stiff or sore jaw muscles when chewing. A highly concerning symptom of problems with your temporomandibular joint alignment is having your jaw joint lock unexpectedly. This isn’t like tetanus (or lockjaw) because your joint will easily pop back into place, though there may be accompanying pain.

Your gender and age may put you at a higher risk for experiencing jaw pain as well, since women between 18 and 44 years old have an increased baseline risk. Also, people who have poor posture in the neck and upper back can experience neck strain that results in jaw problems. Experiencing a greater degree of stress than normal can affect all muscles, including those in the jaw. And people who have improperly placed teeth who do not get orthodontic intervention are at greater risk for problems with jaw pain.

What are my treatment options for jaw pain?

There are a few home remedies to help relieve symptoms of jaw pain, which are often particularly difficult at bedtime or during the night, affecting your sleep. 

Applying ice (indirectly) or a cold pack to the joint area may offer enough temporary pain relief to help you get to sleep. If this isn’t enough on its own, you can add an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Another possible source of temporary relief is using essential oils like sweet marjoram, sage, chamomile, or lavender, all of which are said to have a calming effect. Each of these methods is, of course, a temporary pain relief method.

There are particular strategies that can help attack the cause of the jaw pain problem as well. If you are experiencing a great deal of stress, for example, you can use stress management and relaxation techniques that target the stress causing pain in your jaw. Gently massaging your neck and jaw muscles can help relieve the discomfort if it’s caused by a minor injury, and there are stretches you can do as well.

Another popular remedy for jaw pain caused by nighttime bruxism or TMJ disorder is wearing a sleep nightguard like the CustMbite Nightguard, which offers advanced protection against the effects of TMJ and bruxism like headaches and jaw discomfort. It’s essential that you wear the nightguard every night to experience true relief, which is why we developed our patented VistaMaxx material. It’s thin and flexible, but also tough enough to stand up to teeth grinding and clenching night after night. Similar products are often bulky and not customized to your mouth. The design of the CustMbite Nightguard is made to keep you comfortable while you’re wearing it. You can appreciate the dentist-quality night mouthguard at about half the price.

Where can I get a CustMbite Nightguard?

The CustMbite Nightguard is easy to use. It’s easily customizable to your teeth, and there’s no mess involved in the few minutes it takes to mold it to your teeth. It works equally well on teeth with or without braces. Cleaning your nightguard is easy too. Gentle soap and water will work well because VistaMaxx does not absorb bacteria. Order the best nightguard today to ease the discomfort of jaw pain symptoms!

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