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Dr. Scott Frank
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Chewing Difficulty (Overview)

Chewing difficulty is any pain, clumsiness, or difficulty occurring during chewing. This may be due to mechanical problems, such as misalignment of the jaw, pain, or problems with the nerves controlling the jaw muscles.


Dr. Scott Frank
28 Doctors shared insights

Chewing Difficulty (Overview)

Chewing difficulty is any pain, clumsiness, or difficulty occurring during chewing. This may be due to mechanical problems, such as misalignment of the jaw, pain, or problems with the nerves controlling the jaw muscles.


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I have a weird toothache. When I am not chewing it hurts slightly. When I am chewing it doesn't hurt at all. What does that mean?

I have a weird toothache. When I am not chewing it hurts slightly. When I am chewing it doesn't hurt at all. What does that mean?

Does sound weird: Weird things in medicine are often just unusual symptoms arising from common disorders. Toothaches come from cavities, eroded enamel, pulp inflammation, sinus infections, etc... Usually, chewing increases pain. If symptoms are mild, all the movement and other sensations during chewing possibly "drown out" the signals from the pain-sensing nerves? During the quiet of "not chewing", pain is sensed? ...Read more

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What is wrong when a female has problem with facial hair and is it treatable and how?

What is wrong when a female has problem with facial hair and is it treatable and how?

Hirsutism of PCOS: Excess facial hair (hirsutism) in female is often caused by androgen (male-hormone) excess, commonly from polycystic-ovarian-syndrome (pcos). Adequate treatment of pcos, which is difficult, often improves facial hair, but takes time. Some med such as spironolactone can help, but again takes many months. Laser or electrolysis are probably most effective and fastest. Consult doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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If dysphagia is difficulty swallowing, then what do you call difficulty chewing?

If dysphagia is difficulty swallowing, then what do you call difficulty chewing?

Not used: Literally it would be called dysmastication (mastication=chewing) but this is not a term used in medicine. It is used on occasion in veterinary medicine. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment if difficulty adjusting to brightness?

What is the best treatment if difficulty adjusting to brightness?

Glare disability: If this not from external eye disease including dry eyes, allergy. Environmental factors or reaction to medication or cataracts or corneal disease or uncorrected refractive error then tinted lenses with side shields or wrap around sunglasses will definately help. ...Read more

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What are the different treatments for difficulty with urination?

What are the different treatments for difficulty with urination?

Depends? Cause: Treatment depends upon cause of difficulty such as urinary incontinence or urinary obstruction. Urinary incontinence may require exercises, medications, catheterization or surgery such as bladder suspension, urethral slings or artificial sphincters or bladder augmentation. Obstruction by prostate - medication, transurethral resection cystoscopically, robotic or open prostatectomy. Stricture by tui. ...Read more

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What is the cure for my one side that can not chew?

What is the cure for my one side that can not chew?

Physics in the mouth: There are many possible answers to this question. The short answer is that your teeth may not be coming together properly. There are also many reasons for this. The joint where your jaw bone connects to your skull may be the culprit. It could be inflamed or have an anatomical issue. A good dentist would be a great place to start. ...Read more

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Migraines I want to know how to get rid of them and why is it that I only feel better when I'm eating or chewing on something?

Migraines I want to know how to get rid of them and why is it that I only feel better when I'm eating or chewing on something?

Migraine and chewing: Migraine is a serious and complex neurologic disorder. Unilateral throbbing headache, dizziness, weakness, visual disturbances, blurry vision, nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, paresthesias and even partial blackout may be present during the episodes. Chewing ameliorates stress-induced suppression of hippocampal long-term potentiation. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist. ...Read more

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I take thyroxine for under active thyroid is it ok to chew tablets rather than swallow them whole as I have a problem swallowing tablets?

I take thyroxine for under active thyroid is it ok to chew tablets rather than swallow them whole as I have a problem swallowing tablets?

That should be fine: It may not taste great. As long as you get the tablet down whether in one piece or crushed you will be fine. You can try crushing the tablet or dissolving it in water before taking. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent my daughter from chewing on her clothes and toys?

What can I do to prevent my daughter from chewing on her clothes and toys?

First of all, how: Old is your daughter? Does she eat other things aside from clothes and toys? If still a baby, I would agree with dr. Ferguson. If she is older, I would suggest taking her to her pediatrician to get checked out for anemia, lead poisoning and other conditions that would give her this craving for things other than food called pica. Try to distract her and offer an alternative to chew on. ...Read more

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I have had a mastoid op about 26 yrs ago and I get really bad ear infections ever since but my problem is my jaw is really sore I can hardly chew.?

I have had a mastoid op about 26 yrs ago and I get really bad ear infections ever since but my problem is my jaw is really sore I can hardly chew.?

Jaw pain: Persistent pain around the angle of the jaw or in the jaw joint suggests the possibility of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome--painful inflammation of the jaw joint. The 2 major causes are advanced degenerative arthritis in the jaw joint itself, or excessive wear and tear, eg, in people who grind their teeth at night, or have chewing habits like gum, pencils, etc., and in chronic stress. ...Read more

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Is difficulty getting pregnant a genetic problem?

Is difficulty getting pregnant a genetic problem?

Possibly: Infertility factors such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis has a genetic basis. Also low sperm counts can run in some families. Ovulatory abnormalities related to premature ovarian failure can be passed from mothers to daughters. ...Read more

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Can I have heart disease even if I don't have any symptoms? I am a 65-year-old woman with several of the risk factors for developing heart disease, but don't have any symptoms like chest pain or difficulty with breathing, could I have heart disease withou

Can I have heart disease even if I don't have any symptoms? I am a 65-year-old woman with several of the risk factors for developing heart disease, but don't have any symptoms like chest pain or difficulty with breathing, could I have heart disease withou

Yes, you: Yes, you certainly can. An individual can even suffer from a heart attack without knowing it. 25% of people who have a heart attack have a "silent" event (they didn't know it was happening). The best thing to do is to see your doctor to be screened. Take care. ...Read more

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If dysphagia is difficulty swallowing, then what do you call difficulty chewing?

Not used: Literally it would be called dysmastication (mastication=chewing) but this is not a term used in medicine. It is used on occasion in veterinary medicine. ...Read more

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After a filling 6 months ago I now have speech impairment, difficulty chewing and chronic popping and pain with a lot of spasming and jaw jerking,?

After a filling 6 months ago I now have speech impairment, difficulty chewing and chronic popping and pain with a lot of spasming and jaw jerking,?

TMJ syndrome: See OFP doctor.. Orofacial Pain provides diagnosis and management of pain in the face, TMJ disorders, locking jaw as well as, associated headaches and neck pain. They are the experts in this field. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have constantly 4) teeth shifting 5) issues with jaw alignment in general 6) minimal difficulty chewing what should I do!, any recommendations?

I have constantly 4) teeth shifting 5) issues with jaw alignment in general 6) minimal difficulty chewing what should I do!, any recommendations?

Complex: Sounds like you have a complex problem requiring multi-disciplinary treatment. You may need a Restoratve Dentist, Orthodontist, Periodontist, and Oral Surgeon. Seek treatment immediately, but don't rush into anything that sounds too good to be true. Beware the snake oil salesman, and the mega dentist who says he can do specialty treatment as well as the specialists. Good luck. ...Read more

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I find difficulty in chewing things like large burgers to piled foods with varies consistencies. I do take small bites but I also fear choking. Advic?

I find difficulty in chewing things like large burgers to piled foods with varies consistencies. I do take small bites but I also fear choking. Advic?

Why the Fear?: Unless you have some dental/oral problem, you should not have any problem chewing or swallowing. Nature has set up very effective defenses inside our throat that food is guided towards the right passage as long as we are alert and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. I would not hesitate and become so cautious as you are...It is not helpful to you. So relax, take big bites and quit worryi. ...Read more

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I feel sensitive and weak teeth and jaw, difficulty in chewing food and then after few hours or night's rest I am fine... What is it due to? Please ex

I feel sensitive and weak teeth and jaw, difficulty in chewing food and then after few hours or night's rest I am fine... What is it due to? Please ex

Needs to be seen: The internet is wonderful for many things. However, these types of situations require a one on one clinical exam, x-rays and an evaluation by a dentist. Merely giving you a list of possibilities will not serve you in any way. Set up an appointment with your own dentist and feel better soon. ...Read more