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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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Is nicotine chewing gum effective when trying to quit smoking?

Is nicotine chewing gum effective when trying to quit smoking?

Yes: Part of the smoking habit is chemical addiction of nicotine. By breaking this into two parts while maintaining the nicotine levels, you chances of breaking the smoking habit dramatically increases. ...Read more

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The two symmetrical bumps on my mouth's roof behind front teeth, sometimes one of mine feels sore after chewing gum, eating or smoking. Why?

The two symmetrical bumps on my mouth's roof behind front teeth, sometimes one of mine feels sore after chewing gum, eating or smoking. Why?

Irritation: The "bumps" are sore because they are irritated. The question is, what are those "bumps"? Lesions like that can be as benign as a torus palatinus, or they could be more serious, especially since you are a smoker. Have them evaluated by your dentist... It may save your life. ...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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Does chewing gum cause cavities?

Does chewing gum cause cavities?

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

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Is excessive chewing gum bad for us?

Is excessive chewing gum bad for us?

Yes: Most gums have sugar content. And please - don't chew like a cow. ...Read more

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Can lockjaw be caused by chewing gum?

Metal gum: Not the lockjaw process you get from tetanus. If chewing gum causes you jaw claudication, you need to see a ENT or maxillofacial specialist. On the other hand and as a fellow gum chewer, switch brands, get the softest, sugarless gum you can. ...Read more

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Can chewing gum broaden your jawline?

No.: You can chew all the gum you want but it will not broaden your jaw line. Why do you want to broaden your jaw line? ...Read more

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