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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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Long term effects of chewing gum? Tmj?

Long term effects of chewing gum? Tmj?

Many things: It depends on how long you chew gum if you chew for hours your jaw and teeth can get sore especially if done for years. If sugared gum there is a possibility of cavities. Joint pain is a possibility too. Chewing gum aafter meals or to stimulate saliva for few minutes should not cause problems it also does not look good. ...Read more

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Will chewing gum with TMJ give you face trauma?

Very likely!: If you have any of the disorders commonly referred to as tmj, or temporomandibular disorders, you should not chew gum. Chewing gum causes muscle activation and sometimes spasm, and is not good for your tmj. Of course, if you don't have tmj, you can chew gum to your heart's content. But if you have jaw pain or trouble open or closing your mouth, or popping or clicking of your jaw joints, avoid gum. ...Read more

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Is chewing gum good or bad for tmj? I would think good because it works the muscles in jaw

Is chewing gum good or bad for tmj? I would think good because it works the muscles in jaw

Bad: TMJ disorder is not caused by weak muscles in the jaw. Overworking the joint can cause problems, just like overworking any other joint in your body. ...Read more

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Is the cause of my TMJ mostly due to cartilage/bone wear (from chewing gum, etc) or from tired muscles?

Is the cause of my TMJ mostly due to cartilage/bone wear (from chewing gum, etc) or from tired muscles?

TMJ pain: The most common cause of TMJ disfunction/pain is bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching). Other common causes are a bad bite and injury to the joint. See your dentist, or a dentist who specializes in tmd, for an examination, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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I have a constant salty taste in mouth, and eatig ice, and chewing gum, make it worse. Why?

I have a constant salty taste in mouth, and eatig ice, and chewing gum, make it worse. Why?

Saliva : You could be dehydrated or be having post nasal drip with sinus infection. Your saliva glands could be infected. You could also have a vitamin deficiency, endocrine problem or neurological (brain) issue. People with epilepsy or migraines report salty taste often. Increase your water intake for two days-if still present see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can chewing gum to get rid of bad breath actually makes it worse?

Can chewing gum to get rid of bad breath actually makes it worse?

Probably not: Chewing gum may not necessarily make bad breath worse, but it can mask other underlying oral problems. The gum is temporary, but other bad breath issues should be evaluated and addressed, including periodontal disease, medications, supplements and other oral manifestations. ...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?

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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