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Benefits Of Mastic Gum
Yes: Nicotine in tobacco chewing causes localized ischemic area due to constriction of blood vessel. Precancerous soft tissue changes include leukoplakia, erythroplakia, acanthoma and carcinoma in situ. Regarding gum disease, tobacco product causes root surface roughness and delay wound healing. Tobacco product will aid in dry mouth and thus causes root caries leading to rotting teeth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum? Is chewing sugar-free gum really good for your teeth and mouth?
Absolutely! : Absolutely! xylitol based gum stimulates salivary flow and helps keep your teeth clean without feeding sugar to the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Too many articles on the internet to post here. Do a quick search and you will get a better understanding. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
In very rare: situations - massive quantities of swallowed gum has caused bezores. ...Read more
Some periodontists don't recommend gum grafting despite substantial gum recession on the lingual side. Why is this?
Varying Factors: Each situation is slightly different... your post infers that "gum grafting" and "gum recession" are exactly the same in every patient: they are not. Your own periodontist can best explain why or why not the procedure is right for your situation. ...Read more
Floss daily: Brushing is not enough to keep your teeth plaque free. Flossing removes the plaque between your teeth where tooth brushing does not reach. Removing plaque has the health benefit of decreasing or preventing inflammation in your mouth from spreading to the rest of your body. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diet: To reduce weight (loose fat) you need to diet and burn calories (exercise). In essence, you will burn off more calories in a day than you take in. Chewing gum excessively can strain your TMJ and cause more harm than good. Think of your whole body being in balance, not just your face. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chewing gum: I generally don't recommend gum. However it can be helpful if you can not get to a toothbrush after a meal, but only chew for 5 minutes. Never swallow the gum. Make sure it is sugarless. If it has xylitol and it does not bother your stomach that would be ok to use for 5 minutes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Should i chew mastic gum? I heard it kills alot of bad bacteria such as H Pylori among others. Any negative effects from mastic gum?
Mastic gum: Despite being very hyped on the Internet, mastic gum has not shown to be effective at eliminating H pylori, particularly when compared to antibiotic regimens which approach 90% efficacy. If you have indigestion or dyspepsia, it's best to see your doctor to be diagnosed as to the actual cause. Good luck. ...Read more
May help clean teeth: Gum chewing can clean teeth to a certain degree. The action of the gum rubbing on the surfaces of the teeth will scour off some plaque. However it tends to miss the areas where decay starts: at the margin where the gums are and in between teeth. It won't hurt, if sugarless gum, but doesn't replace brushing and flossing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes that is why a general cleaning is recommended every 6 months as you cannot get under the gums where plaque can accumulate which causes the bone loss. If you do have a lot of plaque and tarter under the gums, than you may need a more aggressive cleaning called scaling and root planing. In that case a general cleaning will not help until you get the scaling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer