What is TMD?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the jaw joint that connects your jaw to your skull. It’s located adjacent to your ears and works like a hinge. When the joint becomes injured, it can result in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Some of the causes of this disorder include:
- Jaw injury
- Misaligned teeth
- Teeth clenching or grinding
- Bad posture
- Excessive gum chewing
TMJ can affect the jaw directly as well as surrounding areas of the body. Common symptoms of the disorder include:
How Does Chewing Gum Cause TMJ Disorder?
Chewing gum is only harmful to your jaw joint if you’re doing it in excess. Going back to the running analogy 一 if you don’t chew gum ever and then decide to chew on a piece for several hours in a day, your jaw will likely feel sore. If you continue this habit, you will put a strain on the jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. The more that you strain your jaw joint, the more likely you will develop TMD. You’re even more likely to develop TMD if you chew gum as well as have misaligned teeth and a bruxism habit.
Just try to remember that chewing gum and chewing, in general, is a form of exercise and that any exercise in excess can lead to sore muscles or muscle strain.
Get TMJ Treatment in Columbia, SC
If you happen to experience any TMJ symptoms listed above regardless of whether you have a gum-chewing habit or not, you likely need TMJ treatment. At Smile Columbia, Dr. Adam Hahn can create a customized TMJ treatment plan that will help you reduce your painful symptoms and get back to your normal life. Please contact our dental office for TMJ treatment in Columbia, SC at (803) 781-9090 to book a consultation to get started.