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I take 1000mg of mastic gum every morning for GERD and gastric upset and it really helps. Can I take another 500-1000mg in the evening?

I take 1000mg of mastic gum every morning for GERD and gastric upset and it really helps. Can I take another  500-1000mg in the evening?

Definite maybe: Mastic gum is a natural treatment for gerd and usually taking a second dosage at night will not cause any harm,but I will refer you to the instructions written on the label and to ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Chewing Gum (Definition)

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


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My breath has smelt acidy the past 2 days.cause? How do I fix it? I have gerd, post nasal drip. Recently gums bleed when brushing. Crown 1month ago

My breath has smelt acidy the past 2 days.cause? How do I fix it? I have gerd, post nasal  drip. Recently gums bleed when brushing. Crown 1month ago

Reduce acid: You need a acid reducer or controller to reduce the acid production . Do note that reflux may cause gum and dental problem as well. Have you talked to your doctor yet? ...Read more

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GERD and oral health implications . Teenager who has done root canal , has lost two teeth as well as she has 7 fillings and 6 cavities. Should we be concerned as well as he recently had a cleaning done and the dentist said the gums were infected?

GERD and oral health implications . Teenager who has done root canal , has lost two   teeth as well as she has 7 fillings and 6 cavities. Should we be concerned as well as he recently had a cleaning done and the dentist said the gums were infected?

GERD and caries: Yes, GERD does have the potential to make dental caries worse. It doesn't have to though. Through a combination of anti-reflux measures and medication to keep the reflux to a minimum, she can lead life without any affect on her teeth whatsoever. Work with her doctor to get her GERD under good control! I hope this helps. ...Read more

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

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 happens if you smoke while chewing gum?

What happens if you smoke while chewing gum?

Nothing.: I do not know of any ill affects of doing the two together that are different from smoking alone. If you want to have a greater peace of mind while growing older, i strongly recommend you stop smoking. The links to cancer and heart disease are so well documented i feel that smokers are committing suicide slowly. ...Read more

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Are there any health benefits to chewing gum?

Are there any health benefits to chewing gum?

Chewing gum: If you cannot brush, chewing sugarless gum after a meal can " help" clean the teeth by increasing saliva flow and dislodging food debris. However, it is not a substitute for proper brushing and flossing, especially at bedtime. ...Read more

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Accidently swallowed chewing gum, would my upset be because of that?

Accidently swallowed chewing gum, would my upset be because of that?

Usually ok: 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). Lack of absorption of sorbitol in sugarless gym can sometimes lead to gas, loose stools and abdominal pain. ...Read more

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What happens if you swallow chewing gum?

What happens if you swallow chewing gum?

Likely nothing: Chewing gum should pass harmlessly through your digestive system. But don't make a habit of swallowing it. ...Read more

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Wondering why musn't i swallow a chewing gum?

Bezoars: Chewing gum bezoars have occurred causing esophageal ; intestinal obstruction. ...Read more

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Can chewing gum make you not hungry?

Gum: Not necessarily since chewing stimulates taste buds & saliva. ...Read more

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Is chewing gum good or bad for you jaw?

Jaw: It depends. I conducted a chewing research study involving people who had jaw problems. The findings were that chewing gum had different effects on different people. Some people's jaw issues improved while others worsened. How does it make you feel? That will be your answer. If it makes things worst-avoid it. ...Read more

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Are there jaw changes when chewing gum?

Are there jaw changes when chewing gum?

No: There are no jaw changes due to chewing gum per se. Chewing gum can cause jaw fatigue or jaw pain due to over activity of the jaw muscles. You should be aware that our body including the jaw bones is very dynamic and is always changing. ...Read more

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How do doctors remove chewing gum you swallow?

Usually pretty safe.: 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 more

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How do I get over my addiction to chewing gum?

How do I get over my addiction to chewing gum?

Habit not addiction: Chewing gum is more a habit than an addiction. You probably have gotten used to chewing which may relieve stress, or allow you to do something similar to fidgeting. You may use a gradual approach of switching to chewing something that only lasts a few minutes in your mouth, when you have cravings for gum. Find something else that you can do to relieve the momentary stress. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more