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Does Chewing Gum Cause Bloating
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
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
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
It is possible: If you chew too frequently, it's possible to develop TMJ(temporomandibular joint) dysfunction syndrome, which can be associated with the sensation of dizziness. If you are worried about this, avoid chewing gum for the next week or two and see if your symptoms resolve. If they don't or in the meanwhile get worse, I would encourage you to see your doctor. Best of luck. ...Read more
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
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
Gum disease? No!: I haven't seen written documentation that correlates gum disease with cancer. However if ones body is continually fighting inflammation from gum disease, it has to take a toll on ones immune system. With the mouth being the most chronically infected part of an otherwise healthy body, why take chances. Floss daily do some careful vibratory toothbrushing at the gum-tooth interface ; don't worry! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
May help clean teeth: Gum chewing can clean teeth to a certain degree. The action of the gum rubbing on the surfaces of the teeth will scour off some plaque. However it tends to miss the areas where decay starts: at the margin where the gums are and in between teeth. It won't hurt, if sugarless gum, but doesn't replace brushing and flossing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gingivitis: Infection of gum tissue caused by bacteria. In other words if you are not cleaning your mouth properly the tissues will get red, swollen, sore. Smoke, containing nicotine, makes tissues more susceptible to the enzymes and toxins produced by the bacteria. Nicotine in gum is irritating, but not as much as nicotine containing cigarette smoke. Quitting is very hard, but your body will thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What you are.....: Describing is pagophagia, the consumption of ice in the setting of anemia, usually due to an fe deficiency state. The ice consumption is not causative, but rather emblematic. You should see your dr and be evaluated for fe deficiency. You may find that your dr checks your hematocrit and red cell indices, and if microcytic hypochromic anemia is detected, starts you on fe rx (cheaper than fe testing). ...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
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