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Bad oral habit: Gum chewing is not about the gum or its sweetness. It is about manifesting a compulsive behaviors through the mouth. Seek a consultation with a therapist who manages habits that are delirious to your health. Over the last 38 years, I have seen individuals who require extensive enamel reconstruction from this habit. Still it is better than smoking or chewing tobacco. Only slightly. ...Read more
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
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 more
Build up willpower: Gum chewing can be a hard habit to quit, because a person is so used to having something in her mouth that she might start eating things. Maybe stopping abruptly and then rewarding oneself with something not related to gum or candy, every 3 days or so, can work. Perhaps one can keep a large bottle of water handy, and take a sip every time she feels the need for something in the mouth. ...Read more
Depends: Chewing gum can stimulate saliva and this can be a good thing, especially if your mouth is dry. It can bring the ph back to a normal level quicker. Xylitol gums can kill decay causing bacteria. Gums with sugar is bad and will cause decay. Chewing can make TMJ pain worse. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Never.: Bad enough when they pick up the habit on their own; if you start them on it, that's more time for them to develop TMJ -- a painful condition in which an apparent earache is actually a sign of damage to the joint that moves the lower jaw. ...Read more
Soft chew don't eat: 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 changes the oral environment. ...Read more
Nonstick gum: Read the label. "nonstick" is the word you are looking for. If you see that on the label then the gum shouldn't stick to your partial. ...Read more
Tmj: Chewing too much gum can lead to TMJ dysfunction. ...Read more
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
Simple Math: 155*26/100= 40.3 cal. Hope it helps.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 more
Yes and no: Sugarless gum chewing can have an effect on the amount and chemical makeup of the saliva you produce and some studies have shown it can change the amount of acid forming bacteria in your mouth. (which is a good thing). However there can be side effects of too much sugarless gum chewing including TMJ problems as well as digestive issues. ...Read more
Diet: To reduce weight (loose fat) you need to diet and burn calories (exercise). In essence, you will burn off more calories in a day than you take in. Chewing gum excessively can strain your TMJ and cause more harm than good. Think of your whole body being in balance, not just your face. ...Read more
TMJ / TMD:
The muscles of the head and neck are very often responsible for headaches and migraines. If you have an underlying TMJ (jaw joint) or muscular problem (like clenching/grinding) chewing gum can trigger a headache.
I would recommend seeing a dentist that works with a lot of tmd patients. ...Read more
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
No and yes.:
The only addiction that you could get from chewing gum would be a psychological one. The satisfaction you get from chewing gum serves some kind of need inside of you. However, it is not chemical.
If you chew nicorette (nicotine gum) or another nicotine substitute, you could certainly get a chemical addiction. ...Read more
Practice: While personal prescription cannot be given here, unlearning can be harder than learning. Habit strength is maintained by pleasurable feeling or relief. It will diminish the longer you don't do it, so it will get better. Distraction techniques, imagery, or self-reward for increasing amounts of time or days without chewing or self-imposing fines can help. Also a cognitive-behavioral psychologist. ...Read more
Increases massater: Gum chewing will hypertophy the massater muscles, giving the person a more square jaw. While this is considered attractive in men, it is not in women. ...Read more
No harm: Nothing will happen. It is a common concern, but it is completely safe. The gum will just pass. ...Read more