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How Is Jaw Pain Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis?

My jaw frequently clicks and pops and, occasionally, is very painful. A friend told me that it could mean that I have rheumatoid arthritis. Is that true? How is jaw pain related to rheumatoid arthritis?

 
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Rheumatoid arthritis commonly affects the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint of the jaw. Studies suggest that a significant portion of people with rheumatoid arthritis may have problems with the TMJ and that people with RA are more likely to have TMJ problems, compared to people without RA.
 
Of course, it is also possible for jaw pain to be completely unrelated to rheumatoid arthritis. If you have rheumatoid arthritis and are experiencing jaw pain, it would be a good idea to discuss this with both your rheumatologist and your dentist. Good dental care is especially important for people with RA.
 
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