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Help please! Could chewing gum cause cancer?

Help please! Could chewing gum cause cancer?

No: Life is alarming enough without people making up foolish claims to frighten you. Enjoy your gum. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Please help! Does bubble gum/chewing gum cause cancer?

Please help! Does bubble gum/chewing gum cause cancer?

Unlikely: If you are using usual chewing gum, and not tobacco laced gum, your risk is no greater than that of a normal person. ...Read more

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Can chewing gum give you a greater risk of having cancer?

No: I wish they were all this easy to answer. Life's too short to worry about silly fears generated by people with agendas or overactive imaginations. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have heard from somewhere that excess chewing of gum causes cancer?

Needing expert help. I have heard from somewhere that excess chewing of gum causes cancer?

Saccharin: Some sugarless gum contains saccharin. Studies have argued that there is a link between saccharin and cancer. Many of the studies are flawed. Likely you would need to consume an extremely large amount of gum for anything to happen. ...Read more

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Can chewing too much sugar-free gum cause cancer?

Can chewing too much sugar-free gum cause cancer?

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 more

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Is it true biting your cheeks cause mouth cancer? I do it on accident couple times when chewing gums because of my. Back molars

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 more

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Can chewing gum cause an allergic reaction?

Can chewing gum cause an allergic reaction?

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 more

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What could cause a headache while chewing gum?

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 more

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Does chewing gum cause cavities?

Does chewing gum cause cavities?

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 more

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Can lockjaw be caused by chewing gum?

Can lockjaw be caused by chewing gum?

Metal gum: Not the lockjaw process you get from tetanus. If chewing gum causes you jaw claudication, you need to see a ENT or maxillofacial specialist. On the other hand and as a fellow gum chewer, switch brands, get the softest, sugarless gum you can. ...Read more

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Can swallowing too much chewing gum really cause an obstruction in the appendix?

Can swallowing too much chewing gum really cause an obstruction in the appendix?

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 more

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Does chewing gum cause gas?

Does chewing gum cause gas?

Yes: Chewing gum causes increase in saliva and swallowing which increases the amount of air you swallow. This will cause gas in the stomach. ...Read more

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Can chewing gum cause migraines or tension headaches?

Can chewing gum cause migraines or tension headaches?

Yes: Gum chewing can irritate the muscles and cause muscle tension headaches and muscle tension headaches that mimic migraines. True vascular migraines are a different problem. ...Read more

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What causes you to bite your lip when chewing gum and/or eating?

Malocclusion: Quite possibly some misalignment of the teeth and/or jaws can result in the accidental biting of the lip and cheek. ...Read more

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Does chewing gum everyday for years cause any damage to my teeth?

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 more

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Why does chewing gum cause teeth pressure?

Why does chewing gum cause teeth pressure?

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 more

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Could swallowing some chewing gum cause pains in stomach?

Could swallowing some chewing gum cause pains in stomach?

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 more

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Could chewing cinnamon chewing gum, cause mouth soreness or bumps?

Could chewing cinnamon chewing gum, cause mouth soreness or bumps?

Cinnamon sensitivity: Many people are sensitive to cinnamon. Stop chewing cinnamon gum and using other cinnamon flavored foods and see if your soreness goes away in a few days. If it does not then see a dentist about your sore tongue. ...Read more

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Is the cause of my TMJ mostly due to cartilage/bone wear (from chewing gum, etc) or from tired muscles?

Is the cause of my TMJ mostly due to cartilage/bone wear (from chewing gum, etc) or from tired muscles?

TMJ pain: The most common cause of TMJ disfunction/pain is bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). Other common causes are a bad bite and injury to the joint.
See your dentist, or a dentist who specializes in tmd, for an examination, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm a guy I would like to know if chewing gum or teeth grinding could cause a square jaw and how long does it take 2 develop a square jaw 2tru dat?

Hi, I'm a guy I would like to know if chewing gum or teeth grinding could cause a square jaw and how long does it take 2 develop a square jaw 2tru dat?

Masseter hypertrophy: Clenching and grinding your teeth may increase size and appearance of masseter muscles and completely change facial appearance (square jaw). Botox is an excellent treatment option to soften, relax, and return facial shape to normal size. ...Read more

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For about 8 years I would chew a lot of sugarfree gum, like 1-3 packs per day. I've since stopped, but did I increase my cancer risk with this?

For about 8 years I would chew a lot of sugarfree gum, like 1-3 packs per day. I've since stopped, but did I increase my cancer risk with this?

Probably not: Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancers in animal studies, however the exposure you describe does not seem to be on an equivalent "dose". Smoking cigarettes is far more dangerous to your health and is the number one environmental cause of cancer. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer or gum disease from the bagged chewing tobacco even though there aren't any additives inside?

Can you get cancer or gum disease from the bagged chewing tobacco even though there aren't any additives inside?

Yup: The tobacco still contains carcinogens, and they can leach directly into your soft tissues. Alcohol only accelerates the process. ...Read more

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I'm 16 years old and I chew tabacco. I'm scared I might have gum cancer bc my gums are swollen and sore, my throw hurts and my jaws. Do you think I mi?

I'm 16 years old and I chew tabacco. I'm scared I might have gum cancer bc my gums are swollen and sore, my throw hurts and my jaws. Do you think I mi?

No: You are not as likely to have cancer as you are to have gingivitis and a mouth infection. Please try to stop chewing and have a doctor examine you to be sure. Chewing tobacco raises the risk for cancer so even if you do not have it now you could be at risk later. ...Read more

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Will stopping chewing tobacco reduce the risk of cancer, gum disease, and rotting teeth?

Will stopping chewing tobacco reduce the risk of cancer, gum disease, and rotting teeth?

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 more

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Is chewing gum bad for health?

Here/there is OK: Sugarless gum is probably not a bad thing. But anything in excess is not a good thing. Sugarless gum contains sorbitol...A laxitive and so excessive use may cause some stomach/intestinal upset etc...
Also, excessive chewing will strain your jaws/tmj, wear-out your teeth etc...So, moderation, rorome!
be sensible, stay healthy...
Good luck. ...Read more

Chewing Gum (Definition)

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