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Does Chewing Gum Cause Gas
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any Recent Oral Tx?: If the teeth have shifted position or you have had recent dental treatment that may have altered your bite or the width of any teeth, you may catch your lip during eating or gum chewing. See your dentist to see if there is a cause they can identify and possibly treate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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