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As many of us know, our fast-paced society is not always the most conducive to our relaxation or health. It turns out that some of the eating habits we've adopted are not the best for our teeth either.

"[…] Many of us may be eating in a hurry, taking giant bites of our food to get done quickly and on to the next task. Fast-food restaurants advertise giant burgers and sandwiches as a selling point, but often those super-sized delicacies" are simply too large for the human mouth, the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) says. Among the AGD's goals are to increase public awareness of dental health and hygiene. 

So what specifically is concerning to the AGD?

Taking bites that are too big to properly chew could be harmful for your jaw and teeth, asserts the academy, and some are more at risk for severe problems as a consequence.

People with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which restricts the range of their possible bite size, need to be particularly careful, as AGD spokesperson Barbara A. Rich, DDS, FAGD explains:

"People with TMD need to avoid opening their mouths too wide," says Dr. Rich. "Taking large bites of food can aggravate their condition."

In addition, she advises against eating hard candies, and sometimes even apples. If fruit is too large, cut it into smaller, more manageable portions, Dr. Rich suggests.  

The AGD adds that all of us should refrain from chewing ice, popcorn kernels and opening nuts with our mouth, as these activities can lead to chipped or broken teeth.

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