An already-irritated temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can be strained by chewing gum. The process of chewing involves the joint. Chewing gum requires repetitive motion and puts unnecessary strain on the joint.
If you take a break from gum chewing, it gives the muscles and joints time to rest and recover. The situation is similar to exercising, which is beneficial. But if you overdo it, muscles and joints in your body can become overworked or strained. Rest helps your body to recover. TMJ symptoms can ease if you stop chewing gum.
Not only can gum chewing make TMJ worse, if it is done excessively, it can overwork the joint and be the cause of the disorder.
Many people who have experienced the symptoms of TMJ disorder consider it serious enough to kick the gum-chewing habit, or at least give it a break.
Persistent headaches; jaw, neck, and shoulder pain; dizziness; ear ringing; and frequent jaw popping and clicking are just some of the annoying symptoms that can be improved when you avoid habits that make TMJ worse.
Gum chewing isn’t the only culprit. Wide yawning, loud singing, and eating foods that require a lot of chewing should also be avoided.
Aggressive treatment can be avoided if you follow your dentist’s suggestions to alleviate some of the stress on your jaw joints and muscles.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.