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

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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

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

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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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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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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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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Does chewing gum help relieve stress?

Unlikely a cure: Perhaps, a temporary relief; however, transmitting stress to jaw muscles and joints is not ideal through excessive chewing is not a good idea. Relaxation therapy is a better place to start. Seek assistance down that road. ...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. ...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

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On rare occasions when stressed, I tense my lips pressing them against the teeth and gums of upper jaw, can last for few minutes. could this move teet?

On rare occasions when stressed, I tense my lips pressing them against the teeth and gums of upper jaw, can last for few minutes. could this move teet?

Of course,: The forces that your lips apply to your teeth can become a problem and move your teeth if you develop a habit. Replace this habit with a set of stretches and set of diaphragmatic breathing exercises. ...Read more

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I have a lot of stress headaches. They seem to be spreading into my lower jaw, and gets worse with chewing. Is it stress? And how do I manage it?

I have a lot of stress headaches. They seem to be spreading into my lower jaw, and gets worse with chewing. Is it stress? And how do I manage it?

Recommend medical: Eval. Ways to address stress. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or progressive muscle relax. ...Read more

Chewing Gum (Definition)

Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more