Subjects with TMJ were asked to chew almonds to see how a splint worked – 16/20 chewed on affected side leading author to dub it the “Habitual Chewing Side Syndrome”
PLoS One. 2013 Apr 8;8(4):e59980. Print 2013.
Temporomandibular Disorders: The Habitual Chewing Side Syndrome.
Santana-Mora U, López-Cedrún J, Mora MJ, Otero XL, Santana-Penín U. abstract here
- 16/20 subjects with unilateral symptoms ate almonds on affected side (p = 0.002)
- “The results of this study support the use of a new term based on etiology, “habitual chewing side syndrome”, instead of the nonspecific symptom-based “temporomandibular joint disorders”; this denomination is characterized in adults by a steeper condylar path, flatter lateral anterior guidance, and habitual chewing on the symptomatic side.”