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I Chew Gum A Lot At Work Is It True That Your Jaw Gets Bigger When You Chew Gum
I used to chew gum a lot, which led me to have a stiff jaw and it would pop a lot. I haven't chewed it in quite a while, and although the pain isn't there, will I have jaw pain in the future because of it?
No, Spot fat loss: Doesn't occur naturally.Get a more detailed answer ›
My jaw feels sore on both sides. Has been this way for 2-3 wks. It feels like when you've been chewing a lot of gum. Help?
TMJ disorder: Go see your dentist. You may have injured your temporomandibular joint. Check out more at http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/tmj-disorders/ds00355. ...Read more
Is chewing a lot of gum bad for kids' teeth? Our seven year old love to chew gum, and seems to do it all the time. I try and make sure he uses sugar-free gum, but I'm worried that all that chewing could do something to his teeth or jaw. Do I have anything
Xylitol based (sugar free) will not promote tooth decay.
The chewing action stumulates salivary flow, and together with the gum, cleanses the teeth.
Obviously, too much of anything isn't healthy. Constant chewing action may put more wear and tear on the joints and muscles of the face, which could, over an extended period of time cause problems.
Everything in moderation and he should be just fine. ...Read more
Why am I constantly clinching my jaw? I have to chew gum to keep from doing it & at night my jaws hurt
Stress?: People clench their teeth for lots of reason- often stress related. During the day you can put your tongue on the roof of your mouth when you find yourself clenching. Chewing gum can make your jaw hurt more. See your dentist or physician for diagnosis and treatment. Until then, try moist heat on your jaw to try to relax the muscle, soft foods, and anti-inflammatories if you can take them. ...Read more
Hi, I have a asymmetric jaw because I was only chewing from my left for the past few years. If I start eating gum/food alot of the time from my right will it help in getting the symmetry back?
Symmetry: Chewing on the other side should help to even the jaws out, keep in mind that there could be other things that may have contributed to the asymmetry. ...Read more
Jaw: It depends. I conducted a chewing research study involving people who had jaw problems. The findings were that chewing gum had different effects on different people. Some people's jaw issues improved while others worsened. How does it make you feel? That will be your answer. If it makes things worst-avoid it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gum chewing.: When we chew gum, we’re not chewing a really solid piece of gum and trying to force our teeth through it until our jaw fatigues and we can’t chew anymore. At least I hope we’re not. As such, chewing gum will not make the muscles of mastication stronger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but...: It's not a healthy workout. Chewing gum can lead to many jaw problems, such as temporomandibular disorders, including myofascial pain and internal derangements of the jaw joint. If you don't have a TMJ disorder, it's probably ok, but I advise all my patients to discontinue gum chewing if they have any jaw pain or popping. ...Read more
If I use mostly my left side of jaw to chew, what problems could I have with (unused) right side, especially effect on gums on the right side?
Why: Why do you only eat on the left side of your mouth? Is there a reason, or is it habit? If it's habit, then chewing on all your teeth is best for your overall oral health. If there is some problem, you should have it dealt with properly...Otherwise what is the purpose of having the rest of your teeth? :). ...Read more
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