Originally Posted by big worry bum
Hey, I'm not exactly sure what's involved with tmj, but my dentist told me a while back that I grind my teeth and I have to wear a mouth guard at night. Recently I've been suffering from earache and my salivary glands under my jaw seem quite swollen for the last few weeks. I'd be interested to hear if any of you had suffered from similar and if they are related??
Grinding teeth normally is stress related or due to other worries, yes you can have swollen glands especially if you grind a lot as the muscles are continuously under pressure and this tension puts pressure on the surrounding muscles and tissues including the glands.
I found that when my tmj was an issue my teeth became sensitive, I do think the grinding is putting pressure on your teeth and this is transferred into your jaw bone which can cause swelling.
If you want some relief I suggest hot and old treatment, this will help relax the muscles a bit and the alternating hot and cold will reduce swelling.
Good luck and i hope it improves.