Does your jaw crack or make noise when you open your mouth? You might have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Rest assured, you are not a hopeless case.
The symptoms of TMJ disorder include pain in the face, jaw and temples,and even migraines. In fact, recurrent headaches and muscle weakness during chewing can be associated with a TMJ disorder.
TMJ disorders are generally caused by anxiety, tension or stress, which contribute to bad habits such as unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth. Nail-biting and chewing objects, such as toothpicks or pens, could cause a TMJ disorder over the long term.
If you think you have a TMJ disorder, we encourage you to consult a dentist, who will be able to tell you more about the solutions available to you and the ways to relieve your symptoms.