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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
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
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
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
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
Is chewing gum carcinogenic and can it cause health problems similar to chewing/dipping tobacco? Or is it harmless other than dental effects?
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
Is the cause of my TMJ mostly due to cartilage/bone wear (from chewing gum, etc) or from tired muscles?
TMJ pain: The most common cause of TMJ disfunction/pain is bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). Other common causes are a bad bite and injury to the joint. See your dentist, or a dentist who specializes in tmd, for an examination, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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