Biting Off More than You Can Chew? | Jacksonville Dentist

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It is not uncommon for many of us to grab a  bite to eat in a hurry. Americans have grown  accustomed to bigger food portions at  restaurants, but our mouths have not. Trying  to fit that oversized sandwich or apple in your  mouth might be worse for you than you have  ever imagined. Below are some reasons why  this could be detrimental for your oral health  and what you can do about it.  

Why This Is a Problem 

According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), taking bites that are too big for you to  chew can not only cause jaw and teeth issues, it can also cause digestive problems. Discomfort,  swelling and difficulty eating may result from opening your jaw too wide. Taking large bites may also result in food not being chewed thoroughly, which can lead to weight gain and digestive  issues.  

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) 

Constantly opening your jaw too wide becomes an even larger problem for people with  temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to  the skull bones enabling movement during chewing. People with TMD, usually have a  restriction with how wide they can open their jaws. Taking large bites of food, especially hard  foods like apples, can aggravate this condition making pain and jaw clicking worse.  

What You Can Do 

If you have food that is too large to chew or starts to cause jaw discomfort, try cutting your  food into smaller portions. This makes food easier to eat with less hassle. Also consider eating  softer foods that won’t harm your teeth or irritate your jaw.  

Tip: Avoid chewing on ice, popcorn kernels, hard candies, and opening nuts with your teeth.  This can lead to a chipped tooth! 

Contact our team today to schedule an exam and cleaning.

Beaver Dental Care of Jacksonville
Phone: (904)-396-4746
1677 Art Museum Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207