Woman who chewed too much gum needs jaw replacement
The bubble has burst for a woman who needs a jaw replacement after chewing gum for more than seven hours each day for years.
Claire Embleton began to chew gum after meals five years ago because she believed it was healthy for her mouth but now needs to undergo serious jaw surgery because of the damage.
“When doctors told me chewing had overworked my jaw and worn out the joints, I was shocked,” she told The Daily Mail.
“I always believed chewing gum was healthy. I chewed it after eating and only ever had sugar-free brands. I never imagined it could be so damaging,” she said.
The IT manager from Liverpool began to feel a clicking in her jaw a few years after picking up her habit.
“I suppose it had become a habit – I was chewing for around five hours a day in the week.
“At weekends it could be as much as seven hours,” she said.
The mum (38) originally ignored the deterioration of her jaw until her jaw locked last year.
“One minute I was laughing and chatting normally, the next my jaw had locked almost shut.
“It was incredibly painful,” she said.
Claire was diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder and has since stopped chewing gum.
She is due to undergo jaw replacement surgery next month.
“I have difficulty talking and can hardly eat,” she said.
“This has been a nightmare and I don’t want anyone else to have to suffer as I have”