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How can mouth and jaw pain be a sign of another health problem?

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Along with symptoms such as cold sores, jaw and mouth pain are often signs of stress. Stress can contribute to a number of physical and mental disorders. And your dentist can help you figure out the source of jaw discomfort, which is often caused by simple and treatable conditions such as a toothache, sinus problems, or gum disease.

It's also important to know that pain or discomfort in the jaw can mean that you are having a heart attack. Knowing this, and recognizing other common heart attack symptoms, could help save your life or that of a loved one.

SOURCES:

Academy of General Dentistry: "Importance of Oral Health to Overall Health;" "Stress and Your Teeth;" "Warning Signs in the Mouth Can Save Lives;" "Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions;" "Dentists Help Confirm Osteoporosis;" and "Talk to Your Dentist About Sex."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Halitosis: Overview."

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center: "Oral Health and Bone Disease."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Dental Complications of Eating Disorders."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 9, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of General Dentistry: "Importance of Oral Health to Overall Health;" "Stress and Your Teeth;" "Warning Signs in the Mouth Can Save Lives;" "Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions;" "Dentists Help Confirm Osteoporosis;" and "Talk to Your Dentist About Sex."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Halitosis: Overview."

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center: "Oral Health and Bone Disease."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Dental Complications of Eating Disorders."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 9, 2019

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