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What is Jaw Popping and TMJ?

Jaw popping or TMJ

What jaw popping or TMJ feels like: Teeth grinding while sleeping, ear pain, popping or clicking when opening your mouth, headaches

Possible causes of jaw discomfort: Toothache, TMJ (a jaw joint and muscle disorder), dislocation or injury of the jaw

Tips to help relieve jaw popping or TMJ:

  • Talk to your healthcare professional. They can find the source of your pain and determine the best treatment for you

  • Try gentle jaw stretching exercises or physical therapy

Pain management for different types of tooth pain 

Get your pain reliever dose right. Why?

If you take more medicine than the label says, you may increase your chance of serious side effects. To use OTC pain relievers safely:

  • Take the dose directed on the label

  • Wait the right amount of time between doses

  • Don’t take more than the daily limit

  • If your pain lasts for more than 10 days, stop taking the medicine and see your dentist

  • Remember, it’s important to identify the cause of your tooth pain. Only a dental professional can do this.
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