Yes, I've had pain and creaking sounds when I
open and close my mouth, in the past. Sometimes RA sneaks into every joint available. They become inflamed and can erode the bones through time.
I went to my Dental Hygienist for bi-yearly cleaning and was experiencing pain when I
opened my mouth as she asked and at home when I was trying to eat hard or chewy foods. My Dentist asked if I was grinding my teeth at night. Well, I'm asleep when I'm sleeping, so I didn't know. I asked my Hubby later(he is a light sleeper) and he said he hadn't heard any unusual "noises" coming from my side of the bed. :D
My Dentist said it was probably RA. I believe it. He advised me on some mouth exercises and made me a mouth guard for the bottom jaw to wear at night and during the day if I needed to. I also used hot and/or cold compresses whichever worked better each day and no chewing gum, if i did. I haven't had jaw pain in quite some time.(touch wood). I probably just jinxed myself.
Your Mom could have exrays done also, if she feels that she needs them. It takes a while before erosion shows up in the bones though. Her jaw pain may be occurring due to some other condition. Keep in mind that I've had RA for 34.5 years and I didn't have the jaw pain until I had RA for about
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