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If I have TMJ can I chew gum?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: You should not
Most TMJ symptoms are muscle related.
So, if muscles are fatigued, they need to rest. Gum is a form of repetitive use injury. It should be avoided, especially when the system is already showing signs of distress.

In brief: You should not
Most TMJ symptoms are muscle related.
So, if muscles are fatigued, they need to rest. Gum is a form of repetitive use injury. It should be avoided, especially when the system is already showing signs of distress.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: May make TMJ worse
Tmj problems refers to problems with the jaw joint in front of the ear (temporomandibular joint).
Typically the problems arise from some form of mechanical breakdown in the joint due to various jaw/teeth issues. If one constantly chews gum and the underlying condition is not treated, this will lead to more problems down the road and worsening of the current symptoms. Your jaw won't get better.

In brief: May make TMJ worse
Tmj problems refers to problems with the jaw joint in front of the ear (temporomandibular joint).
Typically the problems arise from some form of mechanical breakdown in the joint due to various jaw/teeth issues. If one constantly chews gum and the underlying condition is not treated, this will lead to more problems down the road and worsening of the current symptoms. Your jaw won't get better.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Depends
Depends on how gum chewing affects your TMJ problem. Gentle gum chewing is a type of jaw muscle/joint exercise.
If it make the TMJ symptoms better, it is helpful. If it aggravates the symptoms, then not helpful. Use response to gum chewing as a guide.

In brief: Depends
Depends on how gum chewing affects your TMJ problem. Gentle gum chewing is a type of jaw muscle/joint exercise.
If it make the TMJ symptoms better, it is helpful. If it aggravates the symptoms, then not helpful. Use response to gum chewing as a guide.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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