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A 21-year-old female asked:

What would you make of lifelong fairly severe pain in lower teeth/gums, neck and chest when running or to a lesser extent on other exertion, with no discovered abnormalities after cardiac work-ups?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Chronic pain: Have you had a dental check-up? Chronic bruxism...Grinding or clenching the teeth could cause the chronic pain you are having. Although usually stress related, many people clench their teeth during activities. See your dentist for an examination. Try using a nightguard/splint when you run and during other activities, and at night to relieve the tension inyour TMJ and on your teeth.
Dr. James Plaivech
Dentistry 33 years experience
Clenching of teeth: The pain only happened when running may or can be from trauma (biting pressure) from teeth clenching, especially when the body needs more oxygen. The cardiac work ups usually use breathing device to separate your upper and lower teeth. Under normal day to day activities do you also have pain ?

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