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I don't know if it can actually be called TMJ, but I know I've had jaw pain due to stress. I think it's common for people to clench their jaws when there's tension, and doing that all the time can certainly lead to jaw pain. I've been making a conscious effort to relax my jaw, and it certainly helps.

Anyone else?

Katie from SLN asked this
July 14, 2011 at 12:15 PM

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I have TMJ. I find myself clenching and grinding my teeth even when I think I'm relaxed. Some who have TMJ, can get a bite splint from their dentist to wear during the night. They just take a mold of your two front teeth and two bottom teeth. Then when it's time to go to bed, you just pop it in.

I had a bite splint, but I lost it since I got it. My makeup bag got stolen at a hotel and it had that in there too. :(

However, when I had my bite splint, I did notice a difference in my TMJ. My jaw felt more aligned and did not "pop" as much. (It actually popped this morning and still feels a little out of place)

The bite splint also helped to lessen my habit of grinding my teeth during the day. If people have sever TMJ, I definitely recommended trying one of this!

Otherwise, just consciously try and relax your jaw. I am right now and it feels a little better. :) Sometimes if I massage both sides of the jaw, it helps me to relax the muscles even more.

Bri Luginbill answered
July 14, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Hi ladies,

I have also struggled with jaw pain and was fitted for a bite splint by my dentist - a lovely piece of equipment I like to refer to as my football mouth-guard :) This has helped me out tremendously. I know of others who have simply opted for the inexpensive variety found at Meijer and I think this may be a great option for those where insurance will not cover the cost of the custom type.

I will never forget the clicking noise my grandmother's jaw would make every time she bit down... I certainly do not want to experience that myself and am taking strides to prevent it. My dentist advised me to quit chewing gum and to cut up my apples to prevent any overextending of my jaw. As I do not always want to take the time to cut up my fruit, I opt for the smaller, organic size apples instead :)

Good luck!

Jessica Corwin MPH RDN Health Coach answered
August 4, 2011 at 9:44 AM

enough of. Sometimes I'll get headaches three or four times a week, and it can be exhausting - especially since I'm

Julin answered
January 18, 2012 at 2:49 AM
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