A 31-year-old member asked:
could i get tmj from chewing gum every day?
4 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 32 years experience
Yes: It is possible, esp. If you are clenching your jaws while asleep also. You can ask your dentist about aw excercises, or a bite guard.
Dentistry 22 years experience
Sort of: Tmj is the term for the the jaw joint, tmd refers to disorders associated with the joint. Gum chewing can lead to overuse if the muscles of mastication( chewing). Like any muscle these muscles can become sore and even go into spasm causing limited opening, pain or the inability to open. It depends on how much gum you are chewing, a few pieces daily shouldn't be an issue but constant chewing could.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 47 years experience
Yes : Tmj is a complex problem which is often muscular in nature. Chewing gum is a muscular.Activity which can initiate or exacerbate muscle spasm. Therefore gum chewing is contra indicated if you have a TMJ disorder. It is not the cause of TMJ but it can be responsible for increasing the symptoms (pain, headache, earache, jaw ache).
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Yes, if you chew long periods of time and with excessive force.
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