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Is chewing gum carcinogenic and can it cause health problems similar to chewing/dipping tobacco? or is it harmless other than dental effects?

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Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Chewing gum: Chewing gum is not carcinogenic. However, surgared gum can lead to tooth decay.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Chewing gum can also trigger your Vegas Nerve to produce excess stomach acid.
Jan 15, 2015
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Gum chewing Gum chew: It is the nicotine in chewing tobacco that is harmful to your health. Chewing gum with xylitol can actually be good for your teeth because it can decrease decay causing bacteria. Gum can stimulate saliva production in people with dry mouth. Gum with sugar can cause cavities so if you chew gum make sure it is sugar free. Too much gum chewing can cause the muscles in your haw to get sore.

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