In October I went to see an oral surgeon about issues I was having with my jaw. I have TMJ disorder and possibly a more serious issue going on in my jaw. (I haven’t been fully diagnosed yet.)
One of the first things he told me was that I had to stop chewing gum. Wow, that was some tough news to hear.
I am a gum chewer and have chewed gum for as long as I can remember. I like it for fresh breath, but especially for the fact that it helps prevent me from snacking.
It’s been a little more than three months since I stopped chewing gum. And now I rarely miss it. (Though there are occasions when I want a piece.)
I have also flown three times since I gave up gum. My ears pop a lot and sometimes I get pain in my jaw and forehead and the gum can help. But so far I have done OK without chewing gum during take off and landing.
I have been trying out different types of mints for my gum replacement.
I have tried Tic Tac Freshmints,which are small and easy to carry. And they … Continue reading