Teeth clenching?

Hi all,

I'm coming up to 40 days smokefree and it's going well. This last week I've had a lot of gum and jaw pain. I thought it might be an infection (and no, I haven't been to the dentist yet because every time I've been recently he takes another tooth away!)

Googling yesterday I found that my symptoms could be caused by teeth clenching which I have been aware I'm doing a lot. It could also be caused or aggravated by my constant nicotine gum chewing. Anyway I'm consciously trying to relax my jaw (easier said than done) and I'm cutting back on the gum.

Sue

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  • Thanks Karri.

    I found a post by Alex76 and it was in response to something I'd said about chewing gum. It's frustrating because I have been given tons of free nicotine gum. I am making a conscious effort to not chew the gum (you're not supposed to anyway) and just let it rest inside my cheek.

    Sue

  • Hi Pleiades

    God why does not smoking cause so many aggravations!:( I too get that...just chewing normal gum at the mo.... and a caramel or 2 :o . Your not alone!

    Good news on your quit...40 days is brill :)

  • Oh god welcome to my world, clenching, grinding, if I make it to a year I swear I will have no teeth left!!

  • IV had this too. I didnt use nrt gum but i am aware that iv been clenching my teeth. I went to the dentist, nothing he could do just told me to try and relax my jaw.

    It is improving now thankfully because it was really painful. x

  • Hi all,

    I'm coming up to 40 days smokefree and it's going well. This last week I've had a lot of gum and jaw pain. I thought it might be an infection (and no, I haven't been to the dentist yet because every time I've been recently he takes another tooth away!)

    Googling yesterday I found that my symptoms could be caused by teeth clenching which I have been aware I'm doing a lot. It could also be caused or aggravated by my constant nicotine gum chewing. Anyway I'm consciously trying to relax my jaw (easier said than done) and I'm cutting back on the gum.

    Sue

    hi nice info I am also facing such problems....

    earlier I never cared about it....thanxx again!!!

  • TMJD, its painful but once you start to relax the jaw goes from being tense back to normal, it can also give you ear pain and headaches but will improve with time, chewing gum can make it worse, well done on your quit you are doing well

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