12 doctors weighed in:

Will chewing gum make tmd worse?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
7 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely!

If you've got tmd (temporomandibular disorders), don't chew gum.

In brief: Absolutely!

If you've got tmd (temporomandibular disorders), don't chew gum.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not recommended

Please avoid actions that cause your symptoms, such as yawning wide, nail biting and chewing gum.

In brief: Not recommended

Please avoid actions that cause your symptoms, such as yawning wide, nail biting and chewing gum.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Scott Williams
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: It sure can

Chewing gum is hard on the jaw joint and should be avoided when having TMJ problems.
Chewing gum with thd is kind of like running on a sprained or damaged ankle.

In brief: It sure can

Chewing gum is hard on the jaw joint and should be avoided when having TMJ problems.
Chewing gum with thd is kind of like running on a sprained or damaged ankle.
Dr. Scott Williams
Dr. Scott Williams
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

I would not chew gum if a tmd problem exists.
I realize that some people have almost an addiction to chewing gum and that is a habit almost as bad for tmd as biting your nails. If you are desperate and cannot help yourself, then only one piece at a time and alternate chewing on both sides of your mouth. See a specialist!

In brief: Yes

I would not chew gum if a tmd problem exists.
I realize that some people have almost an addiction to chewing gum and that is a habit almost as bad for tmd as biting your nails. If you are desperate and cannot help yourself, then only one piece at a time and alternate chewing on both sides of your mouth. See a specialist!
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Depends

Sometimes. Use your response as a guide.
If symptoms are aggravated by chewing, then don't. If chewing does not make it worse, or make it better by gently exercising the TMJ - its ok.

In brief: Depends

Sometimes. Use your response as a guide.
If symptoms are aggravated by chewing, then don't. If chewing does not make it worse, or make it better by gently exercising the TMJ - its ok.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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