Why Does My Jaw Pop?

February 24, 2014 | By | Comments (0)

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Does your jaw click or pop when you chew or open wide? The temporomandibular (jaw) joint that’s in front of your ear is likely to blame. “It cracks when the joint isn’t moving correctly or fitting back into the socket properly,” says Roshini Raj, author of What the Yuck?! The Freaky & Fabulous Truth About Your Body.

Though it may be slightly embarrassing, it’s a problem that should self correct. If the clicking is accompanied by pain, headaches, or locking of the jaw, you should see a doctor. These symptoms could point to a temporomandibular joint disorder, arthritis, or some other kind of joint damage that requires treatment (like wearing a mouth guard at night).

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