Here at the Houston dental blog, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are committed to our patients’ oral health. So, today we offer an important 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 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 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 Doctor Scott Anderson of The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston. 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 281-469-8026 to make an appointment today.
TMJ issues can usually 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 necessary, 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, The Gentle Art of Dentistry offers the following services:
Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have a terrific smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, smile transformations, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today.
We hope to hear from you soon!