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Chewing Gum Teeth
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
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?
I recently started flossing at night again. Now when chewing, my gums/teeth hurt (all around my mouth) is this normal?
Need evaluation: Pain/bleeding/swelling are signals that there's something wrong. Glad you're flossing, but should be painless. Call your dentist for examination. Mae sure teeth/gums healthy, then follow dentist's flossing instructions. Flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends on type : The damage that chewing gums does to your teeth depends on the kindofgum you chew and how frequently you chew. Regular gum with sugar will increase decay. Chewing gum cn be very helpful for someone with dry mouth because it helps to stimulate saliva production. Xylitol gums will protect the teeth from decay. Chewing can increase TMJ pain in us suseptable people. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Maybe.: If the gum you chew is sugarless it is postulated that the action of chewing removes plaque from the surfaces involved. Chewing also stimulates salive production which helps to fight cavities. If the gum is sugared, you're inviting more damage due to cavities than any good effects available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's Usually Not: If you have healthy teeth, healthy gums, and healthy jaw joints and muscles, chewing gum is usuall fine. In fact, sugarless gum or a variety with xyletol as a sweetener can actually be beneficial to your oral health. Chewing gum also stimulates saliva, which can dilute oral acids and help to protect your teeth from cavities. Your dentist can tell you much more about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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