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when i yawn my jaw muscles tense up and hurt why is this

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
May be sensitive: If your jaw muscles are irritated from doing a lot of chewing (gum, for example) or from clenching or grinding your teeth, yawning can overstimulate t ... Read More

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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harinder Gill
38 years experience Cardiology
Muscle cramp: Any muscle can be susceptible to a "cramp", if recurrent a physical exam and some blood tests might be indicated
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Relaxation exercises: Massage, moist heat, jaw stretching exercises. You may chronically clench your teeth. See your dentist about a splint or nightguard.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Likey TMJ disorder: It sounds like you are experiencing temporomadibular joint disorder. This disorder can come and go throughout a lifetime or become constant. Signs of ... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Bruxism?: There are some people who clench their teeth and grind their teeth during sleep or unconsciously while under tension. It is also possible to have tem ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
8 years experience Dentistry
Bruxer?: Do you clench or grind your teeth at night? A sleep partner could probably tell you. If so, consider a brux appliance to relax the jaw muscles.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jaime Quejada
33 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Bruxism: Or grinding your teeth while asleep is most common reason for sore jaw muscles. A dentist can make you a bite guard to protect your teeth. I doubt tha ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shokri Wahib
28 years experience Dentistry
Night appliance: Use of a properly made night time appliance is effective. Also, Botox has been shown to help.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jaime Quejada
33 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Not a good idea: In general because only way to enlarge a muscle (outside of cosmetic surgery) is through exercise and you could end up overloading your jaw joint (tmj ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Physical therapy: There are several different types of physical therapy that can be done to increase the strength of your jaw muscles. Consult your dentist.

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