Your jaw is throbbing with pain. Or it’s making an irritating clicking whenever you eat. Or it doesn’t open properly. What gives?
“There are 101 reasons why your jaw can hurt. After age 50, the body’s healing responses start to decline and certain areas in the body become more susceptible to pain and inflammation. Things that may have been dormant for years become more of a problem as you age. The jaw joint is a common place for this to happen, especially for people with diets of hard, chewy food, who have a history of clenching or grinding teeth or who have had whiplash-type injuries at an earlier age,” said Anthony Iacopino, DMD, PhD, American Dental Association expert spokesperson on geriatric oral health and Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg.
We know the obvious—that jaw pain can be caused by gum disease or cavities. Read on for some of the other reasons >>