There is no scientific evidence about the impact of chewing gum to your teeth and jaw. However, if you ever feel that your teeth are “tired” or in pain, or there are signs of TJM (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction), then you should stop chewing gum.
Chewing gum can also be useful as it stimulates the production of saliva. Saliva is an important part of dental health, containing antibacterial and natural antibodies. Saliva also helps neutralize and reduce the impact of acids in causing tooth decay.
However, the sugar in chewing gum also contains sugar which leads to increased concentration of sugar in the mouth. For that reason, scientists have researched and replaced the sugar in chewing gum with xylitol – a sweet compound that can reduce the amount of bacteria causing tooth decay.
Overall, it is not necessary that you need to stop chewing gum regularly, but choose the suitable type and don’t forget to listen to your body.
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