person swallows 2,000 times per day, causing the upper and
lower teeth to come together and push against the skull.
have poorly aligned bites or missing teeth can have related
health problems, such as frequent headaches or sleep
disorders, because their jaw muscles are strained, according
to a recent article in AGD Impact, the news magazine of the
Academy of General Dentistry.
strain, known as orofacial pain, is defined as any pain in and
around the face. Some people may experience pain in the ears,
eyes, sinuses, cheeks or side of the head, while others
experience clicking when moving the jaw.
pain can also be caused by nerve disorders, temperomandibular
disorder, stress or muscle spasms. Serious causes of orofacial
pain are tumors in the jawbone area, oral cancer or referred
pain from cardiac disease.
first sign of discomfort or noted abnormality when closing
your mouth, see your general dentist to have a preliminary
evaluation to disclose any potential problems early. He or she
knows your mouth best and how you handle daily stress.
the pain may be difficult to diagnose if its origin is not
localized in one area. The dentist will try to diagnose the
pain source by conducting tests to rule out a cracked tooth,
the need for a root canal, gum disease, clenching or grinding.
These factors can cause pain in the facial area, but can be
pain that lasts longer than 10 days to two weeks, or is not
related to a specific stressful event such as a car accident,
may signal a more serious problem requiring additional tests.