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Old 09-12-2006, 07:01 PM   #1
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Why does my mouth hurt?

I was eating some chips... when I put one in my mouth and it touched the back of my tongue, I got a jolt of pain from my tongue to the back of a jaw... almost under my earlobe.


Any clue what it may be?

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Old 09-12-2006, 07:21 PM   #2
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Yikes. No idea. But if it happens a few times again I would see a doctor!
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Old 09-12-2006, 07:33 PM   #3
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You probably just pulled a jaw muscle/tendon/joint in an awkward way. We think we chew the same but there could have been a bit of a variance in this bite. Just watch for it again and if it keeps happening see your dentist - it could be TMJ (temperomandibular joint) Syndrome.
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OH MY GOD, TMJ ?!!?
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Old 09-12-2006, 07:43 PM   #5
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You probably just pulled a jaw muscle/tendon/joint in an awkward way. We think we chew the same but there could have been a bit of a variance in this bite. Just watch for it again and if it keeps happening see your dentist - it could be TMJ (temperomandibular joint) Syndrome.

I didnt bite though...
i just put the chip to the back of my mouth
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Didn't you start to bite down on it? You probably at least got as far as closing your mouth. If you open your mouth and then start to close it you are still moving your jaw. Even if you are just opening your mouth you are moving your jaw.
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Didn't you start to bite down on it? You probably at least got as far as closing your mouth. If you open your mouth and then start to close it you are still moving your jaw. Even if you are just opening your mouth you are moving your jaw.

Yeah, I guess I was shutting my mouth a little.... it was a big chip.
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Sounds to me as if you may have just poked a nerve ending with a sharp corner of the chip. A similar thing happens when you get a Novocain shot and the needle hits a nerve, only then it can be light lightning in your head.

I wouldn't worry about it unless it happens again.
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It happened a few times... I put them away...
I having chicken and fries right now... my mouth is fine..
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Hmmm! Could be a cavity. A hard piece of food pushing against a cavity will cause the sort of pain/sensation you described. It could also be a chipped tooth -- if a chunk has broken off a molar, you might not realize it (often doesn't hurt) but food pressing into the area may cause pain. If you can't see any problems, try poking each tooth lightly with something like a toothpick -- you'll know if you hit one that's causing problems.
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