Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew?

Do you ever feel that you are biting off more than you can chew? Well according to a new study by the Academy of General Dentistry- you just might be!

In our fast-paced lives many of us are in a hurry to eat so we can jump into our next task. Hurried eating can result in bigger bite sizes. With fast-food restaurants advertising giant burgers sometimes larger than the human mouth, taking big bites is understandable, but not good for you. Taking bites that are too big to chew can be bad for your jaw and teeth. At an increased risk are people with temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD. TMD restricts the range of acceptable bite size and people who have it need to avoid opening their mouths too wide. Large bites can aggravate anyone’s jaw and teeth, but especially people with TMD. Always remember to avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, and opening nuts with your teeth. All these rough endeavors could lead to chipping or breakage of natural teeth and even restorations. Always remember, if you need to open your mouth more than what feels comfortable to take a bite, then you should be cutting the item into smaller portions that are easy to chew.