Chew gum in moderation

Gum chewing is an easy way to relieve stress for some people, but excessive chewing can lead to jaw problems, said Dr. Douglas P. Sinn, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The boundless chewing of gum can tire the jaws and cause muscle fatigue, muscle spasms and pain, said Dr. Sinn. It also may lead to Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome, a disorder that causes pain in the head or neck and makes it difficult to open the mouth normally. ‘The more stressed a patient is, the more they chew the gum,’ Dr. Sinn said. ‘They become more and more tired’it’s a vicious cycle.’

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