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Sore Gums Due To Excessive Gum Chewing
TMD: Also known as temperomandibular dysfunction is a condition when jaw joint discomfort follows hard use. Chewing gum vigorously may be taxing your tmj beyond its comfort zone. I see this almost daily but the sore throat component is not as common. Perhaps you are reacting to the gum flavoring. Chew less often, more gently, and try a different flavor of sugar free gum to see if your symptoms diminish ...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
I have a sore on my tongue that came from a bite while chewing gum. It refuses to heal. What should I do?
It sounds like you have a traumatic ulcer. The problem with them is that you probably keep biting it. Without the repeat trauma, they take 10-14 days to heal.
Keep it clean by brushing it with peroxide-the one that is indicated as an oral antiseptic.
You can also buy oragel to soothe it. If you can find it, get the one for "denture sore mouth".
If it is not gone after 2 weeks, get to a dentist to have it evaluated. ...Read more
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
Yes: It helps to prevent the build up or decrease in middle ear pressure by the swallowing action which opens the eustacian tube. That tube is located in the nasopharynx and is responsible for equilibrating the middle ear barometric pressure with that of the ambient environment provided you do not have tubes or ruprture of your tympanic membrane. ...Read more
My jaw feels sore on both sides. Has been this way for 2-3 wks. It feels like when you've been chewing a lot of gum. Help?
TMJ disorder: Go see your dentist. You may have injured your temporomandibular joint. Check out more at http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/tmj-disorders/ds00355. ...Read more
Sore left head temple. It only hurts to touch or when I chew gum. I exercised yesterday and woke up with left temple being sore. No other sympytoms?
Temporal arteritis?: Until proved otherwise. It can happen at your age. I suspect there is a different explanation, but a visit to your physician is in order. The tenderness and the pain on chewing ("jaw claudication") will be familiar to all healthtap physicians as warnings. ...Read more
My tooth broke in half down the middle. Gum has been sore and swollen. Actual gum right over tooth hurts when I chew hard or firm things?
See your dentist: For examination, x-rays and treatment options.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm 16 years old and I chew tabacco. I'm scared I might have gum cancer bc my gums are swollen and sore, my throw hurts and my jaws. Do you think I mi?
Can canker sores on the gum by the base of the tooth cause tooth pain? It doesn't hurt to chew, it's just a dull tooth ache in the area by the sore.
I have a canker sore on my left molar gum line, but now my molar hurts, when I chew food or move tongue? Is this normal?
My gums are receeding, I have trauma, front tooth grinding, my molars are shifting inwards, I have clenching and grindingteeth, soreness in mouth area, biting cheek, and trouble chewing. What should I do?
Major problems: The health of the TMJ can affect one's entire health and immune system. The teeth, muscles and the jaw joints function as a triad to insure proper chewing, speaking, and other movements that we take for granted, when you have chronic TMJ dysfunction (tmd) the symptoms can develop into headaches, facial and ear pain, and facial discomfort. You may need meds, pt or mouthpiece or all. ...Read more
I was chewing gum and I just swallowed it due to laughing on accident. What should I do? I feel alright.
Nothing: No problem! It will digest and pass. ...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
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
Simple Math: 155*26/100= 40.3 cal. Hope it helps.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
Danger: You could accidentally choke or aspirate the gum. ...Read more