Attack Of The Gummi Bear

Categories: Dental Health

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Here at the Arlington dental blog, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are zealous about our patients’ oral health. So, today we offer an important warning about a lesser-known danger of sticky candy.

Most Arlington, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie residents probably 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 condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy increases stress and the possibility of taking the jaw 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!

Hi. I’m Dr. Stephen Ratcliff of Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington. If you hear a popping or clicking noise in your jaw, have pain in your jaw or around your ears, or feel like your bite is out of alignment, call 817-274-7875 to make an appointment today.

TMJ issues can generally be treated with non-invasive methods including including relaxation techniques, diet and lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMD. If needed, I can refer you to a physical therapist who specializes in TMD treatment. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management.

In addition to TMD and bite misalignment diagnosis and treatment, Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers the following services:

Dental implants
Porcelain veneers
Invisalign clear braces

Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have a terrific smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening, smile makeovers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today at 817-274-7875.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas