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Is sugar free chewing gum bad for teeth?

Is sugar free chewing gum bad for teeth?

20 minutes=GREAT: Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes can actually prevent tooth decay. It doesn't replace regular flossing and brushing your teeth though. [sorry]. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I've already brushed my teeth and want to chew 5 gum because it's sugar free. Is it bad for my teeth?

I've already brushed my teeth and want to chew 5 gum because it's sugar free. Is it bad for my teeth?

No: It should cause no harm and may even help. The extra saliva will help neutralize acids that cause decay. It can also clean areas you missed. If it contains xylitol then it will even help kill bacteria that cause decay. ...Read more

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Is chewing a lot of gum bad for kids' teeth? Our seven year old love to chew gum, and seems to do it all the time. I try and make sure he uses sugar-free gum, but i'm worried that all that chewing could do something to his teeth or jaw. Do I have anything

Is chewing a lot of gum bad for kids' teeth? Our seven year old love to chew gum, and seems to do it all the time. I try and make sure he uses sugar-free gum, but i'm worried that all that chewing could do something to his teeth or jaw. Do I have anything

Xylitol : Xylitol based (sugar free) will not promote tooth decay. The chewing action stumulates salivary flow, and together with the gum, cleanses the teeth. Obviously, too much of anything isn't healthy. Constant chewing action may put more wear and tear on the joints and muscles of the face, which could, over an extended period of time cause problems. Everything in moderation and he should be just fine. ...Read more

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I am addicted to sugar-free chewing gum. Is this bad?

I am addicted to sugar-free chewing gum. Is this bad?

No but....: Depends on what you mean by addiction to it fatigue affecting the muscles involved in the act of chewing may be a side effect ! ...Read more

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What are the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum? Is chewing sugar-free gum really good for your teeth and mouth?

What are the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum? Is chewing sugar-free gum really good for your teeth and mouth?

Absolutely! : Absolutely! xylitol based gum stimulates salivary flow and helps keep your teeth clean without feeding sugar to the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Too many articles on the internet to post here. Do a quick search and you will get a better understanding. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top brand of sugar free chewing gum?

Personal Choice: No chewing gum is necessarily better than the others, when you're talking about sugar-free gum. Look for a flavor that you enjoy and look for something that has xylitol in it as the sweetening agent. Otherwise, you're good to go ! keep smiling ! ...Read more

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Are there any health risks of sugar-free chewing gum?

Are there any health risks of sugar-free chewing gum?

TMJ: Although the gum is sugar free, constant gum chewing can contribute to sore facial muscles and and aggravation to the jaw joint, . ...Read more

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About 5 weeks ago I started having slight dry mouth as time went on it gradually got worse. I tried chewing sugar free gum but it only helps so much?

About 5 weeks ago I started having slight dry mouth as time went on it gradually got worse. I tried chewing sugar free gum but it only helps so much?

Many possible causes: A dry mouth can be caused by a variety of medicines, anxiety, dehydration, etc. Radiation therapy can also be a cause. If it doesn't go away you should see a doctor. Without more information I'm afraid I can't be very helpful. ...Read more

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Is chewing sugar free gum bad for you?

Is chewing sugar free gum bad for you?

No: Too much of anything can be harmful, but in moderation, there is nothing wrong with enjoying some sugar free gum. Chewing it after meals can actually stimulate salivary flow which is actually good for your teeth. ...Read more

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Chewing gum a bad idea after teeth scaling and having deep pockets in some areas worse in the back?

Chewing gum a bad idea after teeth scaling and having deep pockets in some areas worse in the back?

Sugerless OK: Because your gums and teeth may be sensitive after a scaling gum chewing may feel uncomfortable and you might get a little bleeding. However as long as it is sugarless gum you are not damaging any thing by chewing gum. ...Read more

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Is chewing gum bad for your teeth?

Is chewing gum bad for your teeth?

Sugarless is best: Chewing sugared gum constantly bathes the teeth in sugar. Sugarless is preferred. If you get headaches or a tired jaw from chewing then you should avoid it. ...Read more

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Why is chewing gum bad for my teeth?

Why is chewing gum bad for my teeth?

It's Usually Not: If you have healthy teeth, healthy gums, and healthy jaw joints and muscles, chewing gum is usuall fine. In fact, sugarless gum or a variety with xyletol as a sweetener can actually be beneficial to your oral health. Chewing gum also stimulates saliva, which can dilute oral acids and help to protect your teeth from cavities. Your dentist can tell you much more about it. ...Read more

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Does chewing sugar free gum repair gum damage from listerine?

Does chewing sugar free gum repair gum damage from listerine?

No and: You should see a dentist for a complete and thorough exam to find out what's wrong, what should be done and how best to prevent future dental problems. No internet search and even this excellent website cannot replace a one on one dentist\patient exam and consultation. ...Read more

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Can someone with braces chew sugar-free gum?

Gum is tough on brac: Gum of any kind is tough on braces. It also sticks to the braces and is hard to remove. Our main concern is breakage of braces while chewing gum. Broken braces extend treatment times, require more visits to repair and can compromise your final result. Lay off the gum during treatment, chew all you want when you are done. ...Read more

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Can chewing too much sugar-free gum cause cancer?

Can chewing too much sugar-free gum cause cancer?

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 more

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How does chewing sugar free gum help acid reflux?

How does chewing sugar free gum help acid reflux?

Less acid in stomach: It decreases acid in stomach. See --> http://bit.ly/1LhD047 If you have more questions click the box where it says Send Message in here: http://bit.ly/1EQ6YPH ...Read more

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Is diet soda still bad for tooth loss? I've switched from drinking regular soda to drinking sugar-free diet soda, and i hope that it will be better for my teeth. Will i still have to worry about tooth from diet soda? .

Is diet soda still bad for tooth loss? I've switched from drinking regular soda to drinking sugar-free diet soda, and i hope that it will be better for my teeth. Will i still have to worry about tooth from diet soda?


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Hello. : Hello. Carbonic acid creates the carbonation in soft drinks. Because it is an acid, it can damage the enamel of your teeth. Darker colored sodas tend to do more damage than lighter sodas. If you are a soda swisher (swish it through your teeth and around your mouth) that is really damaging to your teeth. Sipping soda through a straw or swishing water in your mouth after drinking soda can help to minimize problems. ...Read more

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How many minutes shud we chew sugarfree gum everyday and what r the benefits? My gum is sugar free but why is it too sweet?

Gum chewing: Chewing gum can. Be important for someone with dry mouth to stimulate salvia. Some of the artificial sugars do taste different than regular sugars and some people cannot tolerate them. That being said the best gum to increase salvia and reduce decay is gum made with xylitol, a natural sugar that , reduces decay causing bacteria.Use about 6 grams of xylitol a day. ...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