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Can You Chew Gum While Pregnant
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Not a good idea: Gum chewing can cause breakage of your braces, resulting in longer treatment time, more appointments to fix broken braces and may compromise your end result. Remember, every action has a consequence, take some time off of certain foods during your orthodontic treatment and then you can eat what ever you want when you are done. Enjoy your beautiful new smile! ...Read more
Sure: If that helps you curb your cravings, then go ahead and chew gum. ...Read more
Nothing.: I do not know of any ill affects of doing the two together that are different from smoking alone. If you want to have a greater peace of mind while growing older, i strongly recommend you stop smoking. The links to cancer and heart disease are so well documented i feel that smokers are committing suicide slowly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: The nicorette (nicotine gum) gum by itself will not make you quit, you have to have the desire and motivation to stop then the gum will help curb the urge, there are people who use it and stop with a week, but there are others who keep using the gum with no effect what so ever. ...Read more
Not smart: Constant chewing work-hardens wires so that they bend or break. It loosens braces or worse, partially loosens them so bacteria can get behind the braces and make cavities. Chewing gum lengthens your time in treatment, makes for more discomfort during treatment, requires longer and more frequent visits for repairs, and compromises the final treatment result. ...Read more
Dumb move: Hard/sticky/chewy foods bend wires, break wires, fully dislodge braces, or partially dislodge braces. All of these problems can extend time in braces, result in more frequent visits, and compromise your treatment result. Additionally feeding the bacteria that cause cavities with sugar can lead to cavities. ...Read more
U Surely Can!: But why oh why would you do it? I don't know of anyone who would intentionally harm their child. I don't know of anyone who would feed their child a toxic substance. We boil bottles and nipples to protect from infection, we bathe & clean our babies & we protect them from all harm. Why oh why then would we smoke and give our baby a jolt of nicotine? Would u put a cig in babes mouth at birth? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There aren't any: Braces work by using wires to move your teeth. The orthodontist bends the wires in very specific ways to make sure that the movements gently move your teeth. Chewing gum can bend the wires and even break them- potentially damaging your teeth, gums and tongue. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Better than smoking: There are data suggesting that the nicotine causes subtle decreases in blood flow through the placenta & over time has a negative effect on the fetus. That said, a patch has a lower steady concentration than the peak/ebb changes with smoking or gum & may be a better choice. I applaud you for trying & wish you the best. ...Read more
Brush and Floss: Gingivitis is a reversible condition that after a professional cleaning, regular brushing and flossing is essential to keep your gums healthy! Use a soft bristle ADA approved toothbrush with an approved ADA toothpaste - at least 2X daily for 2 minutes, floss once daily and use an antiseptic mouthwash 2X daily. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for proper brushing technique. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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