Chewing gum too often or for too long can sometimes cause TMJ in people. You may notice any of the following symptoms:
- Jaw is tight on the side you chew gum on.
- It’s hard to fully bite down.
- There is pain in the jaw at the joint.
- You might have ringing in the ear or associated ear pain from the inflammation.
The simplest things you can do are this:
- Stop chewing gum for the time being.
- Use advil/aleve for the inflammation.
- Use a hot pad at the joint of the jaw for 10 minutes a few times a day. This will help loosen up the joint, tendon and muscles.
- Gently massage the joint.