You already know that sugar poses one of the big threats to healthy teeth. Eating candy and other sweets creates the perfect environment for cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth. At Dental Care Today in Fishers, we remind you that certain sweets can also be associated with TMD.
In the case of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder) it’s not so much the sugar content, but chewing on sticky candy, like gummi bears and a host of similar treats. The temporomandibular joint is your jaw. The jaw is a delicate joint, and chewing on sticky candy increases stress – and the possibility of taking the jaw out of alignment.
TMD is a painful disorder, and while its exact causes are not known, chewing on sticky candy may contribute. TMJ can usually be treated with non-invasive methods, including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment.
Physical therapy is also effective for treating more severe cases of TMD. If required, Dental Care Today can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment.
Along with a healthy jaw, we want you to have an exceptional smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about TMD, cosmetic dentistry, or general dentistry, give Dental Care Today in Fishers a call to set up an appointment.
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