Today’s crazy fast paced life styles can create unhealthy eating habits that could be bad for your jaw as well as your health. Do you find yourself eating in a hurry or taking big bites to engulf large quantities of food in a short amount of time? Fast-food chains advertise the message that bigger is better. Giant Burgers and over-sized sandwiches claim to fill the pallet of any man but can be to big for the human mouth.
Taking bites that are too big to chew could be bad for your jaw and teeth, says the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing education. This can be especially a problem with a person with TMD. TMD or temporomandibular join disorder are disorders of the jaw muscles, temporomandibular joints, and/or the nerves associated with chronic facial pain. Any problem that prevents the complex system of muscles, bones, and joints from working together in harmony may result in temporomandibular disorder.
The office of J.C. Duncan understands the temptation of the world we live in and recommend that foods that are two large for your jaw be cut down to accommodate the size of your mouth. When it comes to your dental health, big is not always better. We also advise against biting down on hard candies that can chip your teeth. You should also avoid popcorn kernels, nuts or chewing ice. These items can damage your teeth and /or gums.