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1 year ago
The Weirdest Sign of Stress

Sometimes I hear a clicking sound in my jaw when I chew or yawn. Is that bad? - Jackie, Astoria, NY

It could be TMJ syndrome, which affects an estimated 10 million Americans. The clicking usually isn't painful, though your jaw can get achy, and it often goes away on its own within weeks or months. TMJ is most often caused by teeth grinding and jaw clenching, which cause the jaw muscles to spasm and displace a disk in the joint (the source of that clicking!). The obvious solution: Stop grinding and clenching. If it's a stress response, find ways to manage it. Or ask your dentist about a mouth guard.
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