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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pain: Overdoing it may cause jaw joint pain/dysfunction. ...Read more
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
Muscle fatigue: Jaw muscles are powerful. Any muscle in the body can become sore, or cramped, or strained with overuse. ...Read more
Lump: Could be a parotid gland disease. See a specialist soon. ...Read more
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
Had 4 fillings today, purchased benzocaine to help numb the pain in my gum/jaw. Unfortunately, it made the pain a lot worse. What should I do?
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
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
I know that chewing gum would make the masseter muscle in jaw bigger. Would chewing hard food also make it bigger? Carrots, bamboo? Jaw breakers?
Not so you'd notice: You would have to chew all day long every day for months for there to be a noticeable difference. ...Read more
I was at my dentist and my tooth number 3 was extracted, it was a big tooth, and I now after 2 days I feel like my gums or jaw hurt but something hurts?
Tell the dentist: Tell the dentist who extracted your tooth. ...Read more
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 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
I have a bump on the gum of my last molar, on the outside rubbing against my cheek I can barely chew and it's making my jaw hurt under that spot.?
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
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