Jaw pain and frequent headaches could indicate you have TMJ syndrome
Do you often wake up with headaches and jaw pain? Do you suffer from difficulty chewing and swallowing, and get a clicking or popping sound when you open and close your mouth?
These are all symptoms of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder -- “TMJ syndrome.” It’s when the joint that connects your jaw and skull -- your TMJ joint -- is inflamed, and it causes pain and headaches.
TMJ syndrome has many possible causes, including trauma, clenching or grinding your teeth, malalignment of your teeth, jaw thrusting, excessive gum-chewing, excessive nail-biting, a joint disease (such as osteoarthritis), or lack of overbite.