People have been chewing gum in various forms for thousands of years . Original gums were made from the sap of trees . However , most modern chewing gums are made from synthetic rubbers .
Because they are synthetic , they have some negative effects. Below are some of the effects of chewing gum :
Chewing gum causes you to swallow excess air , which can cause abdominal pain and bloating . Also , when you chew gum , you send a signal to your body that it ’ s time to digest food . But without any food to digest, you end up with an overproduction of stomach acid. This can also cause bloating .
When you chew sugary gum , you open your tooth to tooth decay . Even if you ’ re chewing sugar – free gum , you can cause tooth damage. Sugar – free gum often contains acidic flavourings that can lead to dental erosion , which can , over time , dissolve your teeth.
It Can Trigger TMJ ( Temporomandibular Joint Disorder ) :
Chewing gum can cause a jaw muscle imbalance if you chew on one side more than the other . It can also cause a painful and chronic condition known as TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder .
When chewing , 8 facial muscles are involved . Unnecessary chewing can create chronic tightness in two of these muscles , located close to your temples which can lead to chronic, intermittent headaches.
Masks bad breath
Chewing gum does not take away bad breath , rather, it masks bad breath . Bad breath is symptom of digestive problems or excessive tooth decay . So , if you do not treat it, it won’ t go away.
The sugar alcohols used to sweeten sugar – free gum have a laxative effect when used in large amounts . This means that chewing lots of sugar -free gum could cause digestive distress and diarrhea . Additionally , all sugar alcohols can cause digestive problems for people with irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS ).
The medical information provided in this article is provided as an information resource only . This information does not create any patient – physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment