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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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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

Usually Not: Recommended. Chewing gum can make many kinds of TMJ worse. Try to avoid it. Especially avoid chewing a large wad of gum for a long time. ...Read more

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Will chewing gum with TMJ give you face trauma?

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

Depends: If the bad breath is caused by something you ate then the gum will mask the odor not eliminate it. The food must be digested and pass through your body before it will disappear. If it is caused by a medical or dental condition then you must get this condition treated before it will be eliminated. ...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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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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Why can't people like me with TMJ chew gum?

Why can't people like me with TMJ chew gum?

Irritating a wound: Chewing gum is often like scratching a wound which will not allow it to heal. The same with tmj/tmd. Chewing gum, for some people, may aggravate the problem and will not help. Tmj is never cured, just maintained. Chewing gum can continue to create issues. ...Read more

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If I have TMJ can I chew gum?

If I have TMJ can I chew gum?

Normally No: Chewing gum as a repetitive action can actually increase symptoms. Most people who chew gum chew on only one side of their mouth. This actually is like exercising one arm vs the other so the muscles on the right, for example, become stronger than the oral muscles on the left. An imbalance in occlusion is exactly what you don't need! ...Read more

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My jaw always locks if I chew gum. Is this tmj?

My jaw always locks if I chew gum. Is this tmj?

TMD: Tmj refers to the tempomandibular joint which everyone has. Tmd refers to tempomandibular disorder which is when people have their jaw lock or pain in the joint either from grinding their teeth or trauma to the jaw. ...Read more

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Left sided jaw pain not bad pain just irratating pain level 3 and muscle cramping in jaw with tightness I chew gum all the time. Could this be tmj?

Yes: 2 suggestions: 1) See your Dentist to evaluate your joints. Orthodontic and/or Oral Surgical consultations may be in order, and 2) Rest the joints...stop chewing gum. I know that's tough to do cold turkey, but if you stop chewing and symptoms diminish it's an important diagnostic test. ...Read more

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Does chewing gum help you concentrate?

I don't believe: There is any scientific or medical correlation between chewing gum and concentration. But if you feel it helps you concentrate better than that's all that matters. ...Read more

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Help please! Is chewing gum good or bad?

Depends: Chewing gum can stimulate saliva and this can be a good thing, especially if your mouth is dry. It can bring the ph back to a normal level quicker. Xylitol gums can kill decay causing bacteria. Gums with sugar is bad and will cause decay. Chewing can make TMJ pain worse. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to take chewing gum away from my child?

How to take chewing gum away from my child?

Prevention: I don't think it is healthy for kids to chew gum. Therefore I would not encourage them using gum in the first place. ...Read more

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