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Weather Pressure Changes Could Result in Jaw Pain
Posted on 7/26/2021 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Atmospheric or barometric pressure is a common cause of weather-related pains and headaches. The weather pressure is the force applied by the atmosphere on the earth, and it causes temperatures to fluctuate. During cold seasons, the pressure adds more tension to the joints, which triggers increased jaw pain, especially if you have a TMJ disorder. Here are a few reasons why.
The Viscosity of Fluid in Joints Changes
If you have TMJ disorder, you are more likely to experience more soreness, aches, stiffness, and pain during cold weather. This pain can make yawning, eating, speaking, and any other jaw movement extremely uncomfortable and painful. One of the reasons why this happens is that when the weather pressure changes, it causes the viscosity or thickness of fluids in your joints to change too. This can trigger pain throughout your body, including your jaw joint.
Blood Sugar Level Changes
When weather pressure drops, controlling blood sugar levels in the body can be quite challenging. While this mostly triggers joints and jaw pain, especially in people with diabetes, high blood sugar levels can cause pain and headaches in everybody regardless of whether they have diabetes or not.
It Puts Pressure on Sinuses
The sinus cavities are very sensitive. They have openings that help to equalize pressure. Your body takes time to adapt to the new pressure. As a result, sudden pressure changes can stress the sinus cavities, which will trigger pain and headache. You are also likely to experience pain because your upper jaw's back teeth share the same nerve path with the upper jaw sinuses. Therefore, when there is pressure on these sinuses, you will feel pain in your jaw and teeth. Contact us for more information on weather-related jaw pain and the different coping mechanisms.