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Clicking Jaw When Eating

Updated on July 14, 2010

Jaw Clicking When Eating: It's Annoying!

When you've got a jaw that is constantly clicking and popping it can begin to be quite a nuisance. When it starts to hurt as well, it can begin to be quite a problem. Unfortunately most health problems won't treat a clicking jaw unless it's hurting. So what can we do about an annoying clicking jaw if it's not hurting and also if it is?

When you've got a clicking jaw when eating, it usually means that the jaw joint disk is unstable. The popping or clicking noise comes about when the disc pops in and out of place when it goes forwards and backwards. In some cases you might barely hear it, sometimes though your lunch mates might hear it a few meters away!

One of the reasons for your clicking jaw may be TMJ. You should check out the TMJ symptoms and see if you have them. TMJ is a jaw condition that can be caused by a lot of things including, but not limited to; stress, poor posture, spastic or weirdly shaped jaw muscles and trauma. Usually these triggers will cause jaw muscles and tendons to become overly tight and cause pain and jaw clicking.

If jaw clicking remains untreated, it could develop into jaw locking and lots of pain down the road. So you should consider taking action now. There are a few options available that may help you out.

A popular option is to try out a TMJ mouth guard. These are bite guards designed to align your jaw in a safe and comfortable position. These TMJ mouth guards do work sometimes, but can be hit and miss.

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Best Solution For Jaw Clicking Pain

The most effective solution to fix your jaw clicking would be to try out some TMJ exercises. These are exercises that have been designed specifically for people with jaw pain and help relax and strengthen parts of your jaw to prevent jaw and stop jaw clicking.

Try to do these exercises regularly and you will find that your symptoms will lessen in severity and hopefully that jaw clicking will stop forever.


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      4 years ago

      Clicking all the time

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      4 years ago

      My jaw clonks mainly when I eat but also when I move my jaw, no pain but its there, it puts my husband off his meal if he hears it. Always the right side. Something is definitely moving about in there.

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      4 years ago

      Hey I'm 20 years old when I eat my jaw makes a clicking sound, on the right side, it's annoying. Is this a thing a doctor or dentist should look at?

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      5 years ago

      i AM 14 i have a poping noise in my jaw it only herts if i use my jaw a lot some times it feels like i am breaking it just to get ti opend or closed.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      6 years ago

      hi i am just 23 y.o and so worried...

      i just awake this afternoon july 23-12 and get up to get 1 apple.. when later chewing it, suddenly i realize that i can hear some noise in my right side jaw... it makes me worried so much suddenly and come search about it...

      i don't know what to do., i tried to check about tmj exercise but i don't exatly understand how:(((((((

      should i go to the doctor and check it?

      its not painful at all .. it is just noisy only the rightside and annoying...


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      8 years ago

      my mums jaw used to click when she ate and it used to drive me up the wall! i might recommend she reads this hub!



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