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Doctor insights on: I Chew Gum A Lot At Work Is It True That Your Jaw Gets Bigger When You Chew Gum

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I chew gum a lot at work. Is it true that your jaw gets bigger when you chew gum?

Jaw muscle growth: Yes this is possible but highly unlikely- unless you are chewing on taffy all day. If there is enough activity in the muscles of mastication there is a chance of muscle development. ...Read more

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Is chewing gum good or bad for tmj? I would think good because it works the muscles in jaw

Is chewing gum good or bad for tmj? I would think good because it works the muscles in jaw

Usually Not: Recommended. Chewing gum can make many kinds of TMJ worse. Try to avoid it. Especially avoid chewing a large wad of gum for a long time.

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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?

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

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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

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: 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

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I chewed gum a lot yesterday and now my jaw really hurts, should I be concerned?

I chewed gum a lot yesterday and now my jaw really hurts, should I be concerned?

Maybe: You most likely over stressed your muscles with too much gum chewing. You also may have a problem with your muscles called Myofascial Dysfunction and if you aren't feeling better in a few days have it checked out by your dentist. ...Read more

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Why am I constantly clinching my jaw? I have to chew gum to keep from doing it & at night my jaws hurt

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

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Can you tell me docs, is chewing the gum change the jaw shape?

Can you tell me docs, is chewing the gum change the jaw shape?

Yes, it is possible: Masseter muscle hypertrophy could be caused by excessive gum chewing. The treatment is a Botox injections every 3 month. See your dentist for more information. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts from chewing gum. What can I do?

TMJ dysfunction: Can be caused by habitual gum chewing. Chewing gum is a popular activity, but not recommended by the dentist. ...Read more

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Is chewing gum good or bad for you jaw?

Is chewing gum good or bad for you jaw?

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 more

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Are there jaw changes when chewing gum?

Are there jaw changes when chewing gum?

No: There are no jaw changes due to chewing gum per se. Chewing gum can cause jaw fatigue or jaw pain due to over activity of the jaw muscles. You should be aware that our body including the jaw bones is very dynamic and is always changing. ...Read more

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My jaw always locks if I chew gum. Is this tmj?

TMD: Tmj refers to the tempomandibular joint which everyone has. Tmd refers to tempomandibular disorder which is when people have their jaw lock or pain in the joint either from grinding their teeth or trauma to the jaw. ...Read more

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Does chewing gum make the jaw bigger or stronger?

Does chewing gum make the jaw bigger or stronger?

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 more

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Help please! Is chewing gum essentially a workout for your jaw?

Help please! Is chewing gum essentially a workout for your jaw?

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

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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?

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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Would it be acceptable if my jaw pops when chewing gum?

Clicking, popping,: When you chewing gum, but if there is no pain then no treatment is usually required. The chewing gum can create chronic tightness in muscles and TMJ. If concerned, see OFP specialist, they are the expert in this field. ...Read more

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I get so stressed, so I chew gum. How does chewing gum affect your jaw?

Muscle fatigue: Jaw muscles are powerful. Any muscle in the body can become sore, or cramped, or strained with overuse. ...Read more

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I've been having achyness in my jaw, its like I have been chewing gum all day and I havent, I have also had dizziness do this have anyrhinf to do with?

I've been having achyness in my jaw, its like I have been chewing gum all day and I havent, I have also had dizziness do this have anyrhinf to do with?

Bruxism: The dizziness can be related. Eat a soft diet and take anti inflammatory medication like Motrin for a week. If symptoms persist, you may need a few days of a low dose muscle relaxant. Consider getting a bite guard made by your dentist as nighttime teeth grinding can cause this. ...Read more

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I m getting wisdom tooth in my upper right jaw. I feel like chewing something with that part of jaw always like gum, is it ok to do that?

I m getting wisdom tooth in my upper right jaw. I feel like chewing something with that part of jaw always like gum, is it ok to do that?

OK for Now: It may be fine to do what you are doing to relieve discomfort, but you really need to have a dentist take x-rays and determine if you have room for the teeth to come in. What you are experiencing is what babies feel when they are 'cutting teeth' but the difference is that you may not have room for the wisdom teeth and they could cause permanent damage to other teeth if not checked out! ...Read more

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How do I treat inflames gums I think that's what its called they feel swollen and irritated and I always seem to bite my jaw when I chew. What is this?

Poor occlusion: This is a classic case of poor occlusion exacerbates the bone loss in gum disease patient. As bone loss occured, bacterial invasion and subsequent host reaction along with poor occlusion further injured the area and produce more localized bone loss. Treatments include scaling and root planing, lanap, correct occlusion with crowns or braces. ...Read more

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On bottom inside jaw I have s bone growth sticking up under bottom of the gums its pretty big and feel it with my tougnue why? It looks to be like a bone on bottom jaw sticking out atleast 3in up touching my bottom of tongue seems to be growing what can

On bottom inside jaw I have s bone growth sticking up under bottom of the gums its pretty big and feel it with my tougnue why? It looks to be like a bone on bottom jaw sticking out atleast 3in up touching my bottom of tongue seems to be growing what can

A: A certain percentage of the population develop exophytic (outgrowths) of dense normal bone know as tori or exostosis (depending upon their location). These are benign growths that are of concern only if it interferes with speech, eating, placement of a denture or you continually traumatize the area during function. Typically they are only removed if they cause a problem. The surgery is simple and recovery quick.

If the area is not causing you a problem, I recommend that you have your dentist look at the site at your next regularly scheduled appointment. If needed your dentist can refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for further evaluation and treatment as indicated. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm a guy I would like to know if chewing gum or teeth grinding could cause a square jaw and how long does it take 2 develop a square jaw 2tru dat?

Hi, I'm a guy I would like to know if chewing gum or teeth grinding could cause a square jaw and how long does it take 2 develop a square jaw 2tru dat?

Masseter hypertrophy: Clenching and grinding your teeth may increase size and appearance of masseter muscles and completely change facial appearance (square jaw). Botox is an excellent treatment option to soften, relax, and return facial shape to normal size. ...Read more