Attack Of The Gummi Bear

Categories: Dental Health

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

Most Alexandria and Mt. Vernon residents probably know that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Eating candy creates the perfect environment for harmful 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. We’re Drs. Geren & Mady of Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria. 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 703-360-5881 to make an appointment today.

TMJ issues can often 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 required, we 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, Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry offers the following services:

Sedation dentistry
Dental implants
Dental crowns

Along with healthy teeth, we also want you to have an exceptional smile that you can be proud of. If you have any questions about teeth whitening in Alexandria, smile makeovers, or other cosmetic dentistry procedures, give us a call today at 703-360-5881.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Drs. Geren & Mady
Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry
8101 Hinson Farm Rd Ste 114
Alexandria, Virginia