What are you eating throughout the day? What are you nibbling on? How frequently are you snacking? While these may not be questions you have ever thought to give any attention to, our Moreno Valley, CA team encourages you to start considering them. Whether your smile feels perfectly fine at the moment or you’re starting to notice new symptoms, your Moreno Valley dentist offers some helpful chewing-related warnings that can benefit anyone wishing to protect their oral health!

Watch Your Daily Chewing Habits

You’re really going to want to watch your daily chewing habits, suggests your Moreno Valley dentist, if you want to keep your smile safe. We remind you that when you chew on your nails, it can damage your teeth over time. It can also put your jaw joint health and more in jeopardy. What other types of chewing habits do you partake in? Think it through. Whether you enjoy a cup filled with ice as a snack, you constantly have chewing gum in your mouth, etc., just remember that limiting such behavior is often quite beneficial to your oral health.

Watch For Big Bites And Challenging Chewing

One of the reasons you have a fork at knife next to you at the dinner table? It’s easier to cut foods down this way, so you’re not trying to eat a huge piece of difficult-to-chew food with your teeth and jaws alone. Tempted to go ahead and skip the silverware? Remember that when you take a huge, hulking bite of food, you may strain your jaw joints by asking them to open too wide and by requiring too much work from them. This encourages not only jaw joint damage but can make TMJ disorder worse. Either cut foods up or take smaller bites.

Careful With Hard-To-Chew Foods

One more chewing suggestion from your Moreno Valley dentist? If it’s got the capacity to break or chip your teeth, don’t try to chew it. Instead, eat something that isn’t threatening!

See Our Team For Chewing Related Issues

Whether you’re under the impression that you may be dealing with TMJ disorder, bruxism disorder, or other concerns, contact us soon. Treating functional disorders right away prevents further damage! Give us a call in Moreno Valley, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.