At Wilson Dental Group we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but our dentists are committed to oral health. So in this post we offer an important warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.
Most people probably know that sugar is not a friend of their teeth. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for 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.
TMD issues can frequently 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.
Along with healthy teeth, the dentists at Wilson Dental Group want you to have a terrific smile that you can be proud of. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, and have evening and weekend hours for your convenience.
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