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What kind of problems can arise from swallowing gum on a daily basis?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Probably none

Most of the time swallowing gum will not cause any harm. Gum generally passes through the intestinal tract undigested.
It is possible if you swallowed gum daily and had poor gastric emptying you could form a large mass of gum (bezoar) in your stomach but this is very unlikely. There is no reason to swallow it though.

In brief: Probably none

Most of the time swallowing gum will not cause any harm. Gum generally passes through the intestinal tract undigested.
It is possible if you swallowed gum daily and had poor gastric emptying you could form a large mass of gum (bezoar) in your stomach but this is very unlikely. There is no reason to swallow it though.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Morgan Daul
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Blockage

While gum cannot be digested by the body, it will proceed through the digestive system relatively intact & is excreted in your stool.
In younger children, the digestive system is smaller making it harder to pass gum. On rare occasions, large amounts of swallowed gum combined with constipation can cause intestinal blockage. Swallowing gum is not a good idea. It should be discouraged early in life.

In brief: Blockage

While gum cannot be digested by the body, it will proceed through the digestive system relatively intact & is excreted in your stool.
In younger children, the digestive system is smaller making it harder to pass gum. On rare occasions, large amounts of swallowed gum combined with constipation can cause intestinal blockage. Swallowing gum is not a good idea. It should be discouraged early in life.
Morgan Daul
Morgan Daul
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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Gum

Swollowing gum usually is not terribly harmful for you, however, you do not digest gum. Gum will pass completely through your GI tract unchanged.
However, if you swallow gum on a regular basis it can clump together and start to cause problems. It can get stuck in your stomach and cause a bezoar (foreign substance caught in the stomach) or it can get stuck in the gut causing impaction.

In brief: Gum

Swollowing gum usually is not terribly harmful for you, however, you do not digest gum. Gum will pass completely through your GI tract unchanged.
However, if you swallow gum on a regular basis it can clump together and start to cause problems. It can get stuck in your stomach and cause a bezoar (foreign substance caught in the stomach) or it can get stuck in the gut causing impaction.
Garrett Caldwell
Garrett Caldwell
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