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Side Effects of Chewing Gum

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Most health professionals including dentist will tell you chewing gum is helpful for reducing cravings and help fight bad breath. But just like everything there is always two side to every story. chewing gum, after all can seem kind of harmless, but if you want something sweet gum might now be your best bet. Here are some negative aspects of the all American chewing gum.

Consider the following before you reach for that next pack at the store…

Can Encourage Junk Food Binges
Many health professionals will tell you that chewing gum before a meal can help reduce food cravings. But what about the shot of sugar? A recent study showed that gum chewing not only had no effect on calories consumed, but chewing mint-flavored gum reduced the intake of healthy food (such as fruit) and it increased the likelihood of eating more junk food such as potato chips and sweet candy. Researchers believe that the minty flavor of the gum gave fruits and vegetables a bitter bad flavor. If you are trying to slim down, skip the gum and instead sip on a cup of green tea before a meal.

TMJ Much
Chewing gum can also lead to some symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), which is jaw pain that is associated with chewing muscles and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. “Overuse of any muscle in your body and joint can cause health problems and lead to aches and pains,” says Dr. Teasdale , a dentist in Portland, Oregon.

Many patients will end up with contracted muscles of their jaws, head, and event their neck, this can lead to headaches, earaches, including harsh toothaches. Instead of gum, eat an apple, the natural sweetener can satisfies the urge to chew plus it wil reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, a major bonus.

Digestive Issues
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common GI disorder that is characterized by abdominal pain, cramping, and changes in bowel habits. "Chewing gum often can contribute to digestive issues, because excess air is usually swallowed,” says Dr. Andrew Thompson, a Dentist in Hillsboro.

In addition to swallowing air, along with artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol and mannitol which are in chewing gum can even cause diarrhea in otherwise healthy people.Silver fillings, also called amalgam dental fillings, consist of a combination of mercury, silver, and tin. New research shows that chewing gum can release more mercury from the fillings into your system.

The problem is of course, High levels of mercury can cause neurological issues as well as chronic illnesses and mental disorders. Fortunately, the small amount that is released through dental fillings isn't likely to harm you.

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