Oral Health in Monkton: Attack of the Gummy Bear

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Here at Hereford Dental Health, we never like to be the bearers of bad news, but we are dedicated to our patients’ oral health in Monkton. So, today we offer an essential warning about one of the lesser-known dangers of sticky candy.

Consequences of Eating Candy

Most people probably know that sugar is not kind to your teeth. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for dangerous cavity-causing bacteria to thrive in your mouth. However, did you know that the physical toll of chewing on sticky candy for long periods of time can lead to a condition in the temporomandibular joint called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)? The jaw is a delicate joint and sticky candy can cause stress on this joint and increase 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!

Scheduling an Apointment

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 410-357-0099 to make an appointment today. At Hereford Dental Health, we prioritize our patients’ well-being and overall oral health in Monkton.

TMJ issues can typically be treated with non-invasive methods including relaxation techniques, diet, lifestyle modifications, or orthodontic treatment. Physical therapy is often effective for treating more severe cases of TMD. If required, we can give you estimates on TMD treatment at Hereford Dental Helath. During your examination, we can also discuss pain management options.  In addition to TMD and bite misalignment diagnosis and treatment, Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS offers other services such as restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and Invisalign. If you have any questions about oral health in Monkton, give us a call today at 410-357-0099.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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16928 York Rd
Monkton, Maryland