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Pain in the muscles and tissues that connect your lower jaw to your skull can be a symptom of a number of disorders called temporomandibular joint disorders, more commonly known as TMJ pain.

The temporomandibular joint is the hinge on either side of your jaw, where it connects to the head. When the muscles and structures around the joints are functioning properly, they function perfectly, but stress can throw things out of balance. This is what causes the temporomandibular joint disorder.

Many factors can cause TMJ pain. Several are self-inflicted bad oral habits. If you habitually grind or clench your teeth, pop your jaw too much, or chew gum excessively, that can cause the pain. Other things can also cause it, such as stress, lack of exercise or poor posture, poor diet, or a dysfunctional bit can all contribute to the pain.

Discovering the symptoms of TMJ disorder is not really an issue, as they are generally obvious. Difficulty and discomfort or pain when chewing or biting is the most common problem, with popping, grating, or clicking when your open and close your mouth, a change in how the teeth fit together, or a dull ache in the face all being common symptoms.

If you have any of these symptoms, Dr. Kevin Oakes can help you. Call Dental Arts of Frederick in Frederick, Maryland, today to learn about your options for treating TMJ pain.