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Can Chewing Gum Cause Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Ive had this feeling for 2 weeks. Its like there is sticky chewing gum stuck in my thoart. Could it be cancer? Its on my left side. Can u help?
Throat: Could be not drinking enough fluids of a sign of silent acid relux or LPR. See an ENT doctor to check it out. ...Read more
Very much doubt it: Anything can be "shown to cause cancer" by giving preposterous doses to lab animals, or trying to get people with cancer to remember having used it. Forty years in medicine has taught me that the real causes of cancer that consistently hold up are things that mutate genes (and a few things that gravely damage epithelium). Despite the hoopla, I have no reason for real concern. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my.Back molars
No.: Mouth cancer is caused most by alcohol and tobacco use, including smoking and chewing/smokeless tobacco. This usually presents by 50 years of age, and in the form of non-healing ulcers that can be painful. Teenagers might get it if they are particularly susceptable and do a lot of smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing tobacco. Biting your cheeks should be discouraged, but it does not do this. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Something in the gum: Gum...Like any other substance or food is made of many different ingredients. So..There may be some chemical or natural product in the gum that you may be allergic to. Like strawberry flavored gum or licorice. If you know you have an allergy to something then don't chew the gum with that item in it. Go see an allergist if you are worried. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Headache: The headache could be a sensitivity from something in the gum or possibly due to your bite (occlusion) being off. If your bite is not balanced properly it can cause stresses in the temporalmandibular joint (tmj). Discuss this with yor dentist so he can evaluate the situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on the type.: Sugar free gum, that is gum with artificial sweetners, do not have the type of sugar that causes cavities. These products are now starting to use sweetners like xylitol which has been shown to have anti-cavity properties at higher doses. Chewing sugar-free gum also helps those with dry mouth as it helps stimulate saliva flow. Hubba bubba and bubblelicious are not sugar free to name a few. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: If you chew gum containing sugar, then the gum might cause you to get tooth decay. We recommend sugarless if you must chew. The constant working of your jaw muscles can contribute to TMJ - a painful condition of the jaw and its joints. Absent pain and if you are brushing and flossing, then the gum is probably OK. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Lack of absorbtion of sorbitol in sugarless gym can sometimes lead to gas, loose stools and abdominal pain. Usually there isn't a problem as the gum will pass harmlessly through the body. However, there are rare cases of chewing gum bezoars which have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction (http://pediatrics.Aappublications.Org/content/102/2/e22.Full). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is chewing gum carcinogenic and can it cause health problems similar to chewing/dipping tobacco? Or is it harmless other than dental effects?
Most commercially available chewing gum contains a sugary sweetener that breaks down into acid which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugar-free chewing gum is better, but the best option is chewing gum with xylitol, a naturally-occuring wood sugar that bacteria can't digest. This not only stimulates salivary flow to neutralize acids but it also ...Read more
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