It is a very unpleasant pain that appears when you eat. At the time of chewing, a stabbing discomfort appears on one or both sides of your face. This is quite common and the reasons can be multiple. For this reason, we are going to see some of them to discover what may be happening and how we can solve it.

Trauma can lead to jaw pain

Trauma is one of the causes that can cause pain in the jaw when chewing, as explained by the Dr. González Méndez. Having fallen and the impact was on the jaw or hitting the chin can generate this type of pain, even if some time has passed after this type of impact.

Too, traffic accidents can lead to this uncomfortable jaw pain. It is important to be very careful with the impacts as they can have this painful effect, although they have worse repercussions. For example, “the deterioration of the internal structures of the joint”, as indicated by Dr. González.

Involuntary reactions also cause pain

Although trauma can cause pain in the jaw, there is a more common cause such as involuntary reactions. It is worth mentioning here jaw clenching both during the day and at night, bruxism or cheek biting. These reactions usually have their origin in stress or anxiety, as indicated by the Navarra University Clinic (CUN) and they usually cause great jaw pain.

It is important to make clear that people who are under great stress or anxiety, or are nervous often clench their jaw during the day without realizing it. It is a way for the body to release tension, but if this is not resolved the consequences can be disastrous for the health of the temporomandibular joint.

What consequences and solutions does all this have?

The consequences of this pain in the jaw when chewing caused by the above reasons can cause contractures, muscle aches and headaches that cause great discomfort on a daily basis. Therefore, it is convenient to know what is causing this pain in order to solve it as soon as possible.

Covid increases the cases of bruxism, a pathological habit for the jaw that can affect the cervicals

A doctor will determine the best way to resolve a trauma to address pain in the jaw when chewing. However, if the reason is stress, you have to start therapy to learn how to manage it better. As stress is reduced, bruxism or clenching will too.

It is important to detect other problems that can cause pain in the jaw when chewing. Chewing gum compulsively, including nuts or trying to quit tobacco. Perhaps the solution is a splint to wear at night (and in extreme cases during certain times of the day). These are very effective in reducing aggression to the jaw. Sleeping on your back can help.

In all cases, it is recommended to follow the doctor’s advice for each particular case. Likewise, it is important to see a dentist, as it will be in charge of detecting the deterioration in the temporomandibular joint and deciding what is the next step so that this does not continue.