Chewing gum sounds like a great idea if you want to chew on something sweet, yet you don’t want to eat anything at the moment. Some people may perceive that chewing gum is a good alternative to eating sweets but is it harmful to chew gum on a frequent basis? Here are some things to consider when it comes to chewing gum:
Artificial Sweeteners– Many types of gum are sugar-free, however, they contain artificial sweeteners like Aspartame. Aspartame has been associated with brain tumors, cancer, birth defects and gaining weight.
Possible tooth Damage- Even though some types of gum are sugar-free, they still can contain some flavoring that is acidic, which can cause erosion to the teeth. When you chew gum that does contain sugar, your teeth are exposed to a “sugar bath” and thus can make them more susceptible to cavities.
Potential TMD (TMJ disorder)- When you frequently chew gum over a period of time, you are overusing your chewing muscles, which can cause chronic pain. The types of pain you may feel are pain in your jaw joint (TMJ), earaches, headaches and/or pain in your teeth.
Problems with Digestion- As you chew gum, you can also swallow extra air which can cause pain in your abdomen, bloating, and extra production of stomach acid (leading to heartburn) because your body is perceiving that it is getting more food when in reality it is not.
So, is chewing gum worth the risks? Will it be detrimental to your oral health? Given the above considerations, you can now make a more educated decision on whether you should chew gum or not.
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Rolling Ridge Dentistry
7510 Ramble Way #101
Raleigh, NC 27616
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