At Steven T. Cutbirth DDS in Waco, we never like to be the bearers of bad news. But sometimes there is no choice! We offer a vital warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy, and its effects on your jaw, also known as the TMJ.
Most people probably know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for harmful cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth.
Did you know that the physical toll of chewing on sticky candy can lead to (or aggravate) a condition in the TMJ called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking the jaw out of alignment.
Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? Remember that when you stop eating highly-sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!
TMD can often be treated with non-invasive methods including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases. If required, we can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management.
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