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Chewing Gum (Overview)

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 changes the oral environment.


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Is chewing gum bad for health?

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 (Overview)

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 changes the oral environment.


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Does chewing gum help you concentrate?

I don't believe: There is any scientific or medical correlation between chewing gum and concentration. But if you feel it helps you concentrate better than that's all that matters. ...Read more

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Could chewing gum keep you from eating?

Could chewing gum keep you from eating?

Are you asking if: You can use chewing gum to help mute your appetite. If may help some. Acupuncture is great for satiety. ...Read more

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Help please! Is chewing gum good or bad?

Depends: Chewing gum can stimulate saliva and this can be a good thing, especially if your mouth is dry. It can bring the ph back to a normal level quicker. Xylitol gums can kill decay causing bacteria. Gums with sugar is bad and will cause decay. Chewing can make TMJ pain worse. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the health risk of chewing gum?

What is the health risk of chewing gum?

Cavities: Headaches, jaw pain, and if you are chewing sugary gum then cavities. Gum isn't that bad for you. Sugar-free gum is actually very good for your teeth. ...Read more

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How to take chewing gum away from my child?

How to take chewing gum away from my child?

Prevention: I don't think it is healthy for kids to chew gum. Therefore I would not encourage them using gum in the first place. ...Read more

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When can I start giving my baby chewing gum?

When can I start giving my baby chewing gum?

Never.: Bad enough when they pick up the habit on their own; if you start them on it, that's more time for them to develop TMJ -- a painful condition in which an apparent earache is actually a sign of damage to the joint that moves the lower jaw. ...Read more

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Chewing gum during jogging can longer your stamina?

Chewing gum during jogging can longer your stamina?

No: Unless I have missed some impt. Data/research I have never seen an association beween the two.Jogging a mile longer and maintaining this increase will strengthen your stamina. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chewing gum?

What is the definition or description of: chewing gum?

Soft chew don't eat: 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 changes the oral environment. ...Read more

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What brand of chewing gum will not stick partial plates?

Nonstick gum: Read the label. "nonstick" is the word you are looking for. If you see that on the label then the gum shouldn't stick to your partial. ...Read more

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What are the advantages/disadvantages of chewing gum a lot?

Let'sGumUpTheWorks!!: What a great tension-reliever! As long as you don't chew too hard. It would then be the somewhat equivalent to grinding your teeth. So chew gently and if it hurts, stop for a while. Great for a dry or foul-smelling mouth, like after coffee. But it can be seen as somewhat crude if you do it at work or to prominently. Whether sugar or sugarless is up to you. I do sugarless. Wrigley 5 Gum rocks! ...Read more

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What would happen if you swallowed your chewing gum?

No harm: Nothing will happen. It is a common concern, but it is completely safe. The gum will just pass. ...Read more

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Will chewing gum make tmd worse?

Absolutely!: If you've got tmd (temporomandibular disorders), don't chew gum. ...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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Is excessive chewing gum bad for us?

Is excessive chewing gum bad for us?

Yes: Most gums have sugar content. And please - don't chew like a cow. ...Read more

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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 chewing gum broaden your jawline?

No.: You can chew all the gum you want but it will not broaden your jaw line.
Why do you want to broaden your jaw line? ...Read more

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Does chewing gum help relieve stress?

Unlikely a cure: Perhaps, a temporary relief; however, transmitting stress to jaw muscles and joints is not ideal through excessive chewing is not a good idea. Relaxation therapy is a better place to start. Seek assistance down that road. ...Read more

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Is chewing gum good for your metabolism?

Yes and no: Sugarless gum chewing can have an effect on the amount and chemical makeup of the saliva you produce and some studies have shown it can change the amount of acid forming bacteria in your mouth. (which is a good thing). However there can be side effects of too much sugarless gum chewing including TMJ problems as well as digestive issues. ...Read more

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Will chewing gum make me fail a drug test?

Will chewing gum make me fail a drug test?

Chew gum drug test: Depends on if there is drug in it. Discuss with the team doing your testing. ...Read more

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Could I get TMJ from chewing gum every day?

Yes: Yes, if you chew long periods of time and with excessive force. ...Read more

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Are chewing gum good for reducing face fat?

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 more