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Why does chewing gum cause teeth pressure?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Synanswered
Dentistry 38 years experience
Does not shatter: Some foods that you would think are soft actually exerts more force on the teeth than hard crunchy food. Gum for instance, as you load gum with bite force, the force remains linear and focused on the two teeth occluding on it, no matter what the force exerted on gum, the gum just compressed and stays between the teeth. A crunchy food shatters and clears the occlusal surface at less force.
Dr. Dominick Curalli
Dentistry 20 years experience
Chewing: Your teeth must exert presssure to chew anything. If they are hurting or sensitive when you chew gum, they are trying to tell you something is not right. See your dentist to have the problem evaluated and treated.

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A 16-year-old female asked:

Why am I feeling pressure in my teeth when chewing?

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Dr. Jeffrey Gene Kaplan
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Bruxism/Clenching: Could be you are inadvertetly grinding your teeth as in clenching, grinding hs as in broxism, fractures and dental/ginval disease. See a good dentist!
A 38-year-old member asked:

What chewing gum is best for teeth?

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Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
Sugar Free/Xylitol: Sugar free chewing gum with the first few ingredients being xylitol is best. The xylitol will aid in fighting cavities. Trident & spry are just a couple.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Could chewing gum ruin your teeth?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
It depends on type : The damage that chewing gums does to your teeth depends on the kindofgum you chew and how frequently you chew. Regular gum with sugar will increase decay. Chewing gum cn be very helpful for someone with dry mouth because it helps to stimulate saliva production. Xylitol gums will protect the teeth from decay. Chewing can increase TMJ pain in us suseptable people. Hope this helps.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is chewing gum healthy for your teeth?

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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
Dentistry 51 years experience
No: Probably not. I do not recommend a daily diet of it. Best to use your teeth for chewing foods & normal functions & creating a healthy, attractive appearance. Beyond that, which is not hard to stray into, is where all the problems start.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is chewing gum good for your teeth?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
No: Chewing gun doesn't strengthen the teeth. However constant chewing can lead to TMJ issues. The jaw joint will be affected eventually. The teeth usually are not affected.

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