Why does my jaw hurt ?

There are many reasons why your jaw may be hurting. Here are some possible causes:

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ): This condition is characterized by pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including grinding or clenching your teeth, arthritis, or injury to the jaw.

Dental problems: Tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems can cause jaw pain, especially if the pain is concentrated around a specific tooth or area of the mouth.

Injury: A blow to the jaw or face can cause pain and swelling in the jaw.

Bruxism: This is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth, often during sleep. This can cause jaw pain and headaches.

Sinus problems: Sinus infections or other sinus issues can cause pain and pressure in the jaw and face.

Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, can cause jaw pain as a symptom.

If your jaw pain persists or is severe, it’s best to see a healthcare provider or dentist for an evaluation and treatment.

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