Klamath Falls, OR
A 18-year-old female asked:
can swallowing too much chewing gum really cause an obstruction in the appendix?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 46 years experience
No: An old wife's tale. But why would you want to?
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Dentistry 21 years experience
No: The only real risk, and its rare, is something called a bezoar (indigestible material) which can cause an obstruction in the digestive tract. However, the risk is very rare, and your appendix is not generally at risk. If you imagine the number of people, especially kids, who swallow gum all around the world every day, the risk of choking on a piece of gum is much higher than anything else.
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Psychiatry 25 years experience
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Last updated Aug 17, 2018
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