Women + Jaw Pain = Something More Serious
Are you a woman?
Are you over the age of 40?
If so, have you experienced any jaw pain?
The answers to these questions are important for both your dental and overall health. Most women would agree that their bodies begin to go through some changes at or around the age of 40. Some of those changes may include jaw pain. This is an important symptom to be aware of to determine why it is happening. Jaw pain may be present for a number of reasons that could include but are not limited to:
- A gum or tooth infection,
- Muscle soreness from clenching or grinding teeth,
- Moving the jaw in awkward positions,
- Or a condition called TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction).
In more serious cases,jaw pain in women can also be associated with heart attacks. According to the American Heart Association, some common symptoms of heart attack in women can include but are not limited to:
- Chest pains,
- Nausea and/or vomiting,
- Difficulty breathing,
- Neck, back, and jaw pains.
These symptoms may occur over days or even weeks. Women who have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, family history of heart attacks, or smoking history are at a higher risk for heart attacks. While most cases of jaw pain are more likely a tooth or gum infection or TMJ, it is important to not ignore your jaw pain, as it could be symptom of a heart attack.