A member asked:

Will chewing gum with tmj give you face trauma?

9 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. James Bates answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

If you have any of the disorders commonly referred to as tmj, or temporomandibular disorders, you should not chew gum. Chewing gum causes muscle activation and sometimes spasm, and is not good for your tmj. Of course, if you don't have tmj, you can chew gum to your heart's content. But if you have jaw pain or trouble open or closing your mouth, or popping or clicking of your jaw joints, avoid gum.

Answered Dec 18, 2014



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Dr. Shokri Wahib answered

Specializes in Dentistry

It would cause some pain on chewing, but not really trauma of the face.

Answered Aug 11, 2012


Dr. Fernando Juliao answered

Specializes in Dentistry

It may 'traumatize' your jaw muscles more! be careful!..Better to let your jaw muscles relax and rest.

Answered Sep 26, 2013


Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

No not face trauma, but if really hard or excessive can contribute to TMJ problems

Answered Mar 20, 2015



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