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How does chewing gum affect the ears i heard that it improves your ear health is this true

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Not true: In general, probably doesn't hurt, but surely doesn't help. It can help equalize ear pressure on a plane flight as chewing and swallowing can help op... Read More
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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No: In fact excessive chewing can cause temromandibular joint pain in some patients which can cause pain in front of the ear.

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Dr. Elton Behner
Dentistry 37 years experience
The movement: and muscle activity helps to keep the Eustachian tubes open thus allowing pressure equalization as altitude changes.
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Valsalva: Try performing a valsalva maneuver - pinch your nose and gently "blow" air out of your nose while at the same time bearing down like you are lifting s... Read More
Dr. Peter Dantini
Dentistry 33 years experience
Chewing gum helps: Any action that will help open your eustachian tubes and equalize the outer ear pressure and inner ear pressure works. Some of these actions are: che... Read More
Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Yawning: Chewing gum equalizes the pressure in the nasopharanx and sinus. By opening up the eustacean tube, a valve that runs from the middle ear. Chewing gu... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Ear-throat pain: More likely pain caused by a bacterial or viral infection.Call you General Physician and report your symptoms. Your Gp will be able to direct you.
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Dr. Joy Jackson
Family Medicine 19 years experience
You : You may be dealing with perforated ear drums from the pressure change during the flight. You will need to see your doctor to confirm. It will heal ove... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: It helps to prevent the build up or decrease in middle ear pressure by the swallowing action which opens the eustacian tube. That tube is located in ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Eustachian tube: It is more likely due to entry of air into the middle ear via the eustachian tube, a normal function. This tube connects the middle ear to the throat.... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marguerite Myers
Dentistry 45 years experience
Clinical exam: Please see your physician, dentist, or an ENT specialist. The sooner that you are seen, the better, your prognosis will be. They will do a clinical ev... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robin Merlino
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
EUSTACHIAN TUBE: THIS IS DUE TO FLUID IN YOUR MIDDLE EAR. YOUR EUSTACHIAN TUBE THAT RUNS BETWEEN YOUR EAR AND NOSE IS SWOLLEN CAUSING FLUID TO BUILD UP. IT WILL TAKE A... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
See an ENT: I know it sounds simple to say, but at this point you may want to visit an ear, nose and throat doctor.

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