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Neil L. Starr, DDS, PC
Can Chewing Gum Relieve My TMJ Pain
Posted on 10/19/2020 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Can Chewing Gum Relieve My TMJ PainThe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the skull and jaw. It is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth, eating, and jaw movement. Irritation or inflammation on the joint is known to many as the TMJ disorder. If you are suffering from TMJ disorder, chewing gum will aggravate it since it overworks the temporomandibular joint. Chewing gum means the constant movement of the joints, which puts excessive pressure, resulting in some significant pain and even a migraine attack.

Causes and Symptoms of TMJ


Several reasons cause TMJ, and knowing them will help determine how to relieve the pain. Some of the most common causes include facial trauma, arthritis, teeth grinding and clenching, misaligned teeth, stress, malocclusion, and teeth structure change. However, to properly diagnose a TMJ disorder, there are symptoms that you may look out for; they include chronic headaches, jaw hinge pain, popping and clicking jaw, neck pain, toothaches, earaches, tinnitus, and back pain. Therefore, if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, be free to visit our professionals for a proper diagnosis.

What Should I Do to Relieve TMJ Pain?


If you have a TMJ pain, you should first start by giving up on chewing gum for as long as the symptom lasts. You should also stop eating foods that are hard to chew and those that irritate your jaw. The next step is to visit our professional dentists to determine the cause and find the best treatment based on the severity of the disorder. Relieving the pain can be as simple as getting some over-the-counter drugs, TMJ arthroscopy, joint reconstruction, or even surgery if the condition has worsened. If you have TMJ symptoms, visit our office or contact us. Our professional dentists regularly deal with TMJ; this is the kind of experience that makes them capable of finding the best solution to relieve your TMJ pains permanently.


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