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While chewing gum I tend to get headaches and my throat becomes sore. Why is this?

While chewing gum I tend to get headaches and my throat becomes sore. Why is this?

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

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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I have a sore on my tongue that came from a bite while chewing gum. It refuses to heal. What should I do?

I have a sore on my tongue that came from a bite while chewing gum. It refuses to heal. What should I do?

It: 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

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Could chewing cinnamon chewing gum, cause mouth soreness or bumps?

Could chewing cinnamon chewing gum, cause mouth soreness or bumps?

Cinnamon sensitivity: Many people are sensitive to cinnamon. Stop chewing cinnamon gum and using other cinnamon flavored foods and see if your soreness goes away in a few days. If it does not then see a dentist about your sore tongue. ...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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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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Hi is chewing gum before take off and landing good for ear ache problems due to pressure?

Hi is chewing gum before take off and landing good for ear ache problems due to pressure?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

No: You are not as likely to have cancer as you are to have gingivitis and a mouth infection. Please try to stop chewing and have a doctor examine you to be sure. Chewing tobacco raises the risk for cancer so even if you do not have it now you could be at risk later. ...Read more

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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.

Yes: It can be hard to precisely map the source of pain.
Fortunately canker sores resolve on their own within 2 weeks. If no improvement or worsening your dentist can check for other causes of gum disease. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Single Solution: For 2 separate problems. 1. Canker sore is the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. 2. Tooth pain. Regardless, schedule an appointment to see your dentist, because the tooth pain will not go away without treatment. See your dentist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is chewing gum bad for health?

Is chewing gum bad for health?

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

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How can I quit my gum chewing habit?

How can I quit my gum chewing habit?

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

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What is the health risk of chewing gum?

What is the health risk of chewing gum?

Cavities: Headaches, jaw pain, and if you are chewing sugary gum then cavities. Gum isn't that bad for you. Sugar-free gum is actually very good for your teeth. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: chewing gum?

What is the definition or description of: chewing gum?

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

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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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Is chewing gum good for your metabolism?

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

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Why am I getting headaches from chewing gum?

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

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Is it possible to be addicted to chewing gum?

Is it possible to be addicted to chewing gum?

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

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What are some effects chewing gum has on the face?

What are some effects chewing gum has on the face?

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

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Is chewing gum really affective in reducing face fat?

Is chewing gum really affective in reducing face fat?

No: Chewing gum will increase the size of the muscles of mastication (chewing muscles) and actually make your face look fatter. It is not an effective technique for facial fat reduction. ...Read more

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What could cause a headache while chewing gum?

Headache: The headache could be a sensitivity from something in the gum or possibly due to your bite (occlusion) being off. If your bite is not balanced properly it can cause stresses in the temporalmandibular joint (tmj). Discuss this with yor dentist so he can evaluate the situation. ...Read more

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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more