Here at the Royal Oak dental blog, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are enthusiastic about our patients’ oral health. So, today we offer a key warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.
Most people probably know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for detrimental 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 temporomandibular joint 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!
Hi. I’m Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. If you hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw, have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or feel like your bite is out of alignment, call 248-541-8770 to make an appointment today.
TMJ issues can ordinarily 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 of TMD. If required, I can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management.
In addition to TMD and bite misalignment diagnosis and treatment, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry offers the following services:
Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have an extraordinary smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, cosmetic dental smile makeovers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today at 248-541-8770.
We hope to hear from you soon!
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