At the Jefferson City Dental Care, we never like to be the bearers of bad news. But we are passionate about oral health, so we’re offering a vital 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 called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The temporomandibular is your jaw, and it’s a delicate joint. Chewing on sticky candy increases stress, and the possibility of taking the jaw out of alignment.
Worried about giving up chewy candy? When you stop eating a lot of sweet stuff, your taste buds adjust and you will notice more subtle flavors. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!
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. We can provide a referral if you need one.
At Jefferson City Dental Care, we care about the oral health of our patients. Our services include general and family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.
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