Everyone loves chewing gum and from an early age people are used to chewing it, like candy. If doing it every now and then does not generate any negative consequences but leads to feelings of pleasure and stimulates a good mood, exceeding it can give rise to various health problems, not just for the teeth.
This is why, although chewing gum is certainly not an extremely dangerous vice and nobody forbids it, it is always good to use common sense and do not reach compulsive consumption, in order to avoid making this pleasant habit harmful to the body.
Possible negative consequences of excessive consumption of chewing gum
Dental problems, especially cariesit’s more immediate consequences excessive consumption of candy and chewing gum.
The bunt sforms when bacteria in the mouth break down sugar in the area into acid, which in turn eats away at the enamel surface hard of the teeth, creating holes that bacteria use to creep in and infect the dentine layer and pulpal tissues.
As for chewing gum, dentists usually recommend opt for sugar-free variants but although it is undeniable that they significantly reduce the probability of the onset of tooth decay, it is important to underline that this is not enough and that the artificial sweeteners used in sugar-free products are in fact not particularly healthy and can lead to other negative health consequences. The only recipe, therefore, is to limit the use of chewing gum and, if possible, brush your teeth immediately after chewing one.
As far as dental health is concerned, better avoid using chewing gum if you have fillings because the constant movement of the jaw and the consistency and viscosity of chewing gum can cause certain dental works, such as fillings, to break.
Even if you wear braces it is better to forget the chewing gum, which can get stuck in its parts damaging it.
When food is ingested it is inevitably necessary chew it and to do it the jaw moves vigorously. Obviously it is a part of the body assigned to this function and in a normal situation it is not it suffers but things could change if its movement becomes continuous and lasts longer than usual in the space of a day.
This happens when a large number of chewing gum is consumed.
During the chewing phase, a movement is performed which affects the temporomandibular joints which are positioned in front of each ear and are supported by a network of muscles.
Chew a chewing gum it is part of the parafunctional habits e imitates food consumption. However, the similarities stop at the early stages since nothing is ingested. This difference can lead over time to develop temporomandibular disorders or worsen any existing similar conditions. The most common consequences are jaw pain and joint clicking, fractures, misalignment or teeth grinding.
For this reason, people who already suffer from a similar disorder are strongly discouraged from using chewing gum, even if sporadically.
Deformities of the oral cavity and teeth
Mouthing and chewing gum from time to time doesn’t test the oral cavity but doing it too often it can wear the enamel a lot of the teeth causing them to become sensitive to cold, hot or acidic foods or drinks.
In the most serious cases also can lead to change in bite alignment. In particular, the molars are affected: the upper ones tend to gradually widen, while the lower ones tend to move backwards little by little.
If this is not realized in time to stop the process, orthodontic treatment may become necessary.
Among the negative events most commonly told by those who often chew gum there is a bad headache. This problem is not random but one consequence of fatigue of the jaw muscles.
If the habit of bringing chewing gum to the mouth is linked to moments of stress and seen as a way to lessen it, it is likely that the headache will increase because anxious moods often lead to chewing harder and faster than usual. norm and this makes the problem even worse, causing headaches from tension.
How many chewing gum can you chew a day?
Making a precise estimate of the daily number of chewing gums not to be exceeded is difficult but considering the problems that can derive from excessive chewing and those consequences of the elements that compose them, it would be better do not exceed 5 or 6 sugared almonds a day, stopping at 3 if possible.
In terms of time according to the experts this is equivalent to not exceeding the 15 minutes a day totali of chewing.