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What Gum is Safe if you Have TMJ?

Posted on 12/23/2017 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
TMJ Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants WI 53713
TMJ or temporomandibular joint syndrome is a painful disorder with the joint that connects the jaw to the skull. As excess stress is put on this joint it can become uncomfortable and stop functioning properly.

This leads to pain, clicking and popping in the jaw. It can also lead to pain in other areas of the head including the ears and the head itself. If you suffer from headaches regularly, you may have TMJ.

One possible cause of TMJ in patients is regular gum chewing. Chewing gum puts stress on that joint and causes it to work far more than it should have to. Like any type of repetitive stress, eventually it can lead to an injury.

That's why it's best to avoid chewing gum whenever possible. Frequently we have patients that are suffering from TMJ ask us what type of gum is safe to chew, and we always give them the same answer.

Avoid Gum Whenever Possible

We understand that chewing gum can be a good way to relieve stress and an enjoyable activity to pass the time, but overall, it's not good for the health of your mouth.

Research shows that chewing gum excessively can lead to TMJ, and after you have the condition chewing any gum can irritate the issue further. If you must chew any gum at all, chew very small pieces that put little strain on the jaw, but do your best to avoid chewing at all if possible.

Sure, it's fun to chew gum, but it's really not good for your jaw. If you're already suffering from TMJ you definitely want to minimize gum as much as possible, but even if you aren't, we recommend that you avoid gum as much as possible and definitely avoid chewing it throughout the day every day. That's how disorders can form.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (608) 960-7650 today.

The doctors of Madison Oral Surgery & Dental Implants would like to inform you of the enhanced safety protocol developed for our office in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, American Dental Association, and local government, we have enhanced our already stringent protocols for hygiene and safety.

•  All patients and staff wear masks
•  All patients and guests are screened with a COVID-19 questionnaire and temperature check prior to admission to our clinic lobby. Hand hygiene is performed before entry.
•  All personnel have daily temperature checks
•  To allow for social distancing, we have reduced the number of patients and guests in the office at one time and spaced the seating in our lobby appropriately
•  Allow more time for disinfecting between patient encounters
•  Increased disinfection of frequently touched surfaces including counter tops, handles, lobby seating, and bathroom surfaces
•  New, single use pens to avoid germ sharing between patients and personnel
•  Procedural personnel wear N95/KN95 masks and face shields

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2921 Landmark Place, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53713

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