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Will Chewing Gum Make Tmd Worse
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
Many things: It depends on how long you chew gum if you chew for hours your jaw and teeth can get sore especially if done for years. If sugared gum there is a possibility of cavities. Joint pain is a possibility too. Chewing gum aafter meals or to stimulate saliva for few minutes should not cause problems it also does not look good. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Very likely!: If you have any of the disorders commonly referred to as tmj, or temporomandibular disorders, you should not chew gum. Chewing gum causes muscle activation and sometimes spasm, and is not good for your tmj. Of course, if you don't have tmj, you can chew gum to your heart's content. But if you have jaw pain or trouble open or closing your mouth, or popping or clicking of your jaw joints, avoid gum. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is the cause of my TMJ mostly due to cartilage/bone wear (from chewing gum, etc) or from tired muscles?
TMJ pain: The most common cause of TMJ disfunction/pain is bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). Other common causes are a bad bite and injury to the joint. See your dentist, or a dentist who specializes in tmd, for an examination, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Depends: If the bad breath is caused by something you ate then the gum will mask the odor not eliminate it. The food must be digested and pass through your body before it will disappear. If it is caused by a medical or dental condition then you must get this condition treated before it will be eliminated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Saliva: You could be dehydrated or be having post nasal drip with sinus infection. Your saliva glands could be infected. You could also have a vitamin deficiency, endocrine problem or neurological (brain) issue. People with epilepsy or migraines report salty taste often. Increase your water intake for two days-if still present see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chewing gum a bad idea after teeth scaling and having deep pockets in some areas worse in the back?
Irritating a wound: Chewing gum is often like scratching a wound which will not allow it to heal. The same with tmj/tmd. Chewing gum, for some people, may aggravate the problem and will not help. Tmj is never cured, just maintained. Chewing gum can continue to create issues. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Normally No: Chewing gum as a repetitive action can actually increase symptoms. Most people who chew gum chew on only one side of their mouth. This actually is like exercising one arm vs the other so the muscles on the right, for example, become stronger than the oral muscles on the left. An imbalance in occlusion is exactly what you don't need! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Flying this wknd and my ears always have trouble if I don't chew a lot of gum. But now I have TMJ and doc said no gum! Any other ways to save my ears?
Left sided jaw pain not bad pain just irratating pain level 3 and muscle cramping in jaw with tightness I chew gum all the time. Could this be tmj?
Yes: 2 suggestions: 1) See your Dentist to evaluate your joints. Orthodontic and/or Oral Surgical consultations may be in order, and 2) Rest the joints...stop chewing gum. I know that's tough to do cold turkey, but if you stop chewing and symptoms diminish it's an important diagnostic test. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Depends: Chewing gum can stimulate saliva and this can be a good thing, especially if your mouth is dry. It can bring the ph back to a normal level quicker. Xylitol gums can kill decay causing bacteria. Gums with sugar is bad and will cause decay. Chewing can make TMJ pain worse. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tmj: Chewing too much gum can lead to TMJ dysfunction. ...Read more