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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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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?

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?

Gum chewing pain: Gum chewing puts stresses on your jaw more so than typical eating, etc. So with that in mind, if you have any disfunction of your jaw it will be magnified. Most of us have such "disfunction" (not perfect alignment, etc) to varying degrees. Chewing gum is therefore not real healthy for most jaws, though some chewing is generally tolerated. I do not believe there is damage. Just lessen your chewing. ...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

Bad: TMJ disorder is not caused by weak muscles in the jaw. Overworking the joint can cause problems, just like overworking any other joint in your body. ...Read more

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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 ?

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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