At Harris Dental in Phoenix, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are devoted to our patients’ oral health. In this blog post, we offer an essential warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.
Most people know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for detrimental 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 jaw condition called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking it out of alignment.
Worried about giving up the sweet stuff? Remember that when you stop eating highly-sweet things, your taste buds adjust and you will enjoy foods with more subtle flavors, such as fruits. So don’t give up! Your taste buds will change and your teeth and jaw will thank you!
TMJ/TMD issues can usually be treated with non-invasive methods including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Please call us at Harris Dental in Phoenix to find out more. People from Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa also come to our practice for complete cosmetic dentistry services. Call today!
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