Do you regularly suffer from headaches and jaw pain? If so, it could mean you suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as “TMJ syndrome”.
TMJ syndrome occurs when the TMJ joint becomes inflamed. This joint connects your jaw and skull, so inflammation can cause a variety of types of pain, including headaches, migraines, and neck and shoulder pain. It can also cause difficulty biting and clicking sounds when opening and closing your mouth.
There are many causes of TMJ syndrome, including malalignment of your teeth, trauma, jaw thrusting, clenching or grinding your teeth, excessive gum chewing or nail biting, a joint disease (such as osteoarthritis), or lack of an overbite. Treatment of the syndrome depends on the cause.