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Can Chewing Gum Strengthen Your Jaw?

Teachers around the world tell their students to spit out the gum they are chewing. They do not want them to chew gum in school but are there times when chewing gum is appropriate.

Is it possible that people can chew gum to help exercise their jaw? Some people claim that it can strengthen the jaw and that can help improve their oral health. There are a few ways to look at the idea of chewing gum.

How to Get a Stronger Jaw

The key to getting stronger is to build muscles. That is done through a combination of exercise, diet and rest. Since the jaw does have muscles, it makes sense to say that you can strengthen them in the same way you build muscles in the rest of the body. To strengthen your jaw muscles, you need a combination of exercise, diet and rest.

Exercising Your Jaw Muscles

There are different ways to exercise your jaw muscles. Simply opening and closing your mouth are exercising your muscles. The thing to remember about that is the lack of resistance you provide for the jaw muscles. That is where chewing gum comes in. Chewing gum will cause you to work the muscles of the jaw while also providing some resistance. That will help the muscles grow stronger.

Like any other type of exercise there is a downside. To strengthen the jaw, you have to exercise by chewing gum regularly. You also need to make sure you do not overdo it. Chewing larger pieces of gum or chewing when your jaw is tired is bad for the jaw and will not help you gain strength.

Instead, it will cause injury to the jaw and may weaken it. It is also important to rest the jaw muscles after exercising them with the gum. This allows the muscles to regenerate and repair the damage that comes with exercise.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment to answer all the oral health questions you have.

What Can Be Done to Help Improve the Chances of a Successful All-on-4 Procedure?

Tooth loss tends to become a bigger problem as we grow older, and is common among adults. It can happen as a result of poor oral health, an injury, gum disease and more. However, it does not mean that dentures are your only option. There are options you have to replace the teeth you already lost. All-on-4 implants could be the fix you need.

They can help if you are missing a good number of teeth in one arch, or even if you have no teeth left. If you were to get an implant for each individually lost tooth, that would be incredibly costly. However, if you get just four implants per arch and then affix a dental bridge, you get better oral health and increased oral functionality at the same time. Here are some things that can be done to improve your chances of a successful All-on-4 procedure.

Improve Your Oral Health, Improve Your Life!

Now that you’ve met with our skilled staff and together, we’ve determined that all-on-4 implants are the right path for you, what can we do to improve the chances of a successful procedure? It’s important to remember that failure is uncommon when it comes to dental implants, but there are things that can happen if you don’t take care of them immediately following surgery. Take care to eat only soft foods after your surgery as hard foods can shift the alignment of the implants. This can cause them to not bond properly with the jawbone as they heal.

Continue to brush and floss regularly, just as you would do with natural teeth as this keeps debris and bacteria away from the implant site. Good oral health will keep your gums healthy and the implants will be able to heal properly. Antibiotics will also be needed and we may even give you a prescription for a special mouth wash to ensure that there is no infection.

If you experience any complications following your surgery, please call our office right away! We are looking forward to helping you achieve your optimal oral health!

What Could Be Going On if Your Jaw Only Hurts on One Side?

With some dental issues, your jaw will hurt all the way around or on both sides. With some conditions, though, you may feel pain only on one side of your jaw. There are a number of different things that can cause jaw pain on one side of your face. Here are a few of the issues that could be causing it.

Bruxism

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding your teeth. Some people grind their teeth while they sleep without even realizing it. This can cause your teeth to wear down, opening them up to bacteria and infection. It can also cause your gums to get infected and wears on the jaw joints. Sometimes bruxism does result in pain only on one side of your face, especially if a tooth or the gums on that side of the face are infected.

TMJ Disorders

The temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is the joint that controls the jaw. Some TMJ disorders do only affect one side of the jaw or the other, while some affect both sides. The pain may even change sides depending on the disorder.

Abscessed Tooth

If you have an abscessed tooth on one side of your mouth, it can cause jaw pain. An abscessed tooth occurs when the tooth cracks or wears down to the point that the dental pulp is exposed and becomes infected. The infection can then move into the gum and even the bone itself, causing severe pain.

Bone Infection

It’s also possible that the bone in your jaw can become infected in other ways. This infection, called osteomyelitis, can cause extreme pain, fever, and swelling. The bacteria that cause this infection can enter the bone following surgery, an injury to the jaw, or poor oral hygiene.

Do you have pain on one side of your jaw? If you do, we need to determine the cause and begin treating it as soon as possible. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Williamsport Office

Susquehanna Oral and
Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center

1701 Four Mile Drive,
Williamsport, PA 17701

Phone: (570) 323-1900
Fax: (570) 323-6079

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