Many of us keep our chewing gum with it, perhaps to change the smell or taste of our mouth. A question may ask: Is chewing gum harmful to health? What are its disadvantages?
The following are the major disadvantages of chewing gum:
1. High in sugar
Most chewing gums contain sucrose, which is involved in their manufacture, and this type of sugar can be metabolized to make it fermentable by mouth bacteria.
These bacteria produce fertile complexes and acids, which work to remove minerals from the enamel and thus raise the risk of tooth
2. Exhaustion of the jaw and neck muscles
Constantly chewing gum strains the muscles of the jaw, neck, and head because of the constant chewing and movement of these muscles and causes painful contractions, which may cause the development of a condition called temporomandibular dysfunction.
This disorder occurs when the temporomandibular joints on either side of the head deviate for physical stress or deterioration of the cartilage in the jaw.
3. A long-lasting headache
One damage of gum is also a semi-chronic headache, as chewing gum can tighten the facial muscles and thus cause a long-term headache.
A recent study concluded that chewing gum is linked to chronic migraines in young children and teens, but more research is still needed on the topic.
4. Sugarless gum contains laxatives
The sugars used to sweeten sugar-free gum have a laxative effect when used in large quantities, so using them in large quantities can cause digestive distress and cause diarrhea.
And because it contains other substances, it may cause a lot of problems for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.
5. Increase the flow of saliva
The average unstimulated saliva flow for people is 0.3—0.4 mL/min, the physical act of chewing stimulates saliva flow 10-12 times more than the non-stimulated rate.
Besides, the flavors in chewing gum act as salivary stimulants, thus helping to remove acid in the esophagus.
Which chewing gum should you choose?
If you have a habit of chewing gum but want to avoid its harm, try choosing sugar-free gum made with xylitol.
If you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, avoid this chewing gum and go to the sweetened ones with fewer calories.