Jaw pain can stem from strained muscles located in the jaw or it can be a result of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Jaw pain can cause pain throughout you head and neck which will cause headaches and lack of sleep. If you are prone to having jaw pains and you cannot seek medical attention right away, there are some home remedies that you can try to treat it alleviate the symptoms. By reading this article, you will get some ideas on how to treat jaw pain at home.
If you experience jaw pain at home, all you need to have is a cold and hot compress to relieve the pain. For people who don’t own an ice pack, you can use a pack of frozen vegetables or ice cubes wrapped in washcloth to be placed on the part of your jaw that hurts for 10 minutes every hour. A hot compress is good increased blood circulation and to relax the jaw muscles. You may use a washcloth that was dipped in hot (not scalding hot) water and place it on your jaw for about 20 minutes alternating with the cold compress.
Tensed muscles in the jaw can be the cause of the pain that you are feeling. Massaging these areas can help relax the muscles and lessen the pain. Tools like vibrating massagers can be used to apply pressure and loosen up those muscles around your jaw. If you do not own any type of mechanical massager, hand massage will suffice to ease the pain, remember not to put too much pressure on the jaw enough to hurt the person that you are massaging.
There are available analgesic products that can be bought over the counter to relieve jaw pain. These medications include ibuprofen and aspirin. If you feel like there is an inflammation of muscles in the jaw, you may take some anti-inflammatory medication that can also be bought in your local pharmacy. The medications that you can buy are those medications that do not require prescription from your doctor. If you need a stronger dosage for severe pain, it’s best to seek medical attention first.
Prevention & Considerations
Jaw pain that is not caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), can be prevented in many ways. There are different jaw activities that can cause the muscles to become tensed resulting in jaw pain. For example, excessive chewing brought by chewing gums can make the muscles on your face contract and lead to discomfort. If you are already experiencing jaw pain, opening your mouth too wide should be avoided. This includes yawning and taking big bites of food. When your jaw pain lasts for 2 or more weeks and there is a gradual increase of pain, you need to go to the nearest hospital for medical attention. If you notice anything unusual like the sudden change of your teeth alignment or jaw pain accompanied by popping or clicking sounds, there may be some underlying medical condition present and must be checked by a professional.