Health Tip: Spot the Signs of TMJ

By on January 28, 2010

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, affecting the jaw, are commonly triggered by grinding or clenching the teeth.

The Nemours Foundation says TMJ disorders frequently have these symptoms:

  • Pain of muscle spasms in the facial muscles, the jaw joint, in or around the ear, shoulders or neck.
  • Painful chewing, yawning or talking.
  • Unusual sounds when opening or closing the mouth, such as clicking or popping noises.
  • Problems biting or chewing.
  • The jaw “locking up.”
  • Difficulty hearing or ringing in the ears, feeling dizzy, or having headaches.

Source: HealthDay

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