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Jaw Line Gum
Swollen gland under jaw line, sore gums, sick to my stomach...Any suggestions? Losing voice but no sore throat.
See your doctor: If it is a gum problem you have a bacterial infections. Look on the internet or ask your doctor about the perio protect method as it has been shown to be better than conventional methods j clin dent 2012;23:48–56. You may also have a TMJ problem and should have this evaluated as well. The best way to help is to find out the cause of the problems and treat the cause (s). ...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
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
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 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, 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
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?
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
Lump: Could be a parotid gland disease. See a specialist soon. ...Read more
Muscle fatigue: Jaw muscles are powerful. Any muscle in the body can become sore, or cramped, or strained with overuse. ...Read more
Subgingival calculus: Sounds like deep heavy stained subgingival calculus but we can't diagnose it over the internet sight unseen. Regardless please see a local dentist or Periodontist for evaluation and treatment. Untreated periodontal disease (if that's what it is) can cause loss of teeth. ...Read more
See your surgeon: It might be a regular thing or normal reaction but asking you surgeon would be the best idea. ...Read more
Could you tell me why my jaw is wired shut and my gums are growing over the screws and if it is that bad?
Jaw Fractures: I presume that you mistakenly asked "why" your jaw is wired shut. Presumably, you fractured your jaw or had jaw surgery and are wired shut to immobilize your jaw during healing. The gum tissues can grow over the "fixation screws" that are part of the stabilization process. That is not a problem. Ask your oral maxillofacial surgeon to answer these questions so that you are informed. And comforted. ...Read more
For the past few weeks, I've been experiencing pain starting from my lower gums and eventually to my upper jaw. Gums seems receding and white patches.
Seek care: You have a dental problem that is becoming more problematic with time. Don't expect an infection to self-heal. Get to your Dentist as soon as possible. ...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?
Too many: Too many to list. See a dentist (and physician if necessary) to find the cause of your problems and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
TMJ: Could be temperomandibular joint derrangement from injury or bad bite which results in this complex joint not working smoothly. You need to see a dentist who will take an xray that shows if the joint is abnormal as well as checking if your bite is off. ...Read more
Need evaluation: Hard to say here. See your dentist who can make diagnosis/treatment recommendations. ...Read more
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
My husband is having jaw pain at where he describes the hinges and gum pain. He has trouble eating as a result. Suggestions as to causes?
TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, ear fullness, neck pain, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more