Does Chewing Gum Harm Your Teeth?

Chewing gum is a worldwide trend that has happened ever since the 1800’s when they chewed natural materials instead of what we chew today. The sapodilla tree was widely known for its chewable sap. This started as a main ingredient in Americas first bubble gum.

Modern gum has now evolved and really started booming in the 1860’s. The first commercial aired in 1848 by John Bacon Curtis, who came up with the whole idea of making spruce gum into chewing gum. They just needed to add some flavor. They called the gum “State of the Maine pure Spruce Gum” and soon after opened a factory named the “Curtis Chewing Gum Factory”.
Another creator of the modern day chewing gum is Thomas Adams. He started by making various things out of chicle, like boots, toys and masks and then soon added flavor and made it into a gum! This is the closest thing to our current chewing gum, way to go Adams! The first flavors were Sour Orange and then soon followed Black Liquorish. He then opened a company named “Adams New York Chewing Gum” that produced “Chiclets”. The only issue he ran into was keeping the flavor!

Chewing gum is recognized as a protector for your teeth! A couple quick pros are for one chewing it increases the flow of saliva. Which ends up washing out some of the plague and decay. Resulting in less cavities! One of the ingredients as a sugar substitute is Xylitol. This acts as an enemy against tooth bacteria, losing the ability to hold onto the tooth, this stomps the cavity causing process. With the positives comes negatives. Chewing gum can be linked to headaches and have artificial sugars which aren’t so great for your teeth. Constantly chewing gum can also cause damage to your teeth. Be wary how often you chew it and what kinds you chew. If you have mercury fillings, you should try to stay away from gum. It releases the neuro toxin which conclusively goes down into your blood stream.

We have all chewed gum sometime in our lifetime. Some people chew more than others. It’s important to keep in mind the sugars involved in gum and the risks you take with damage and the damage to your jaw. If you are feeling pain, get it checked out by a dentist. Chewing gum can bring good outcomes too, always remember the consequences and maybe if you’re an avid gum chewer stay further away from constantly chewing it.

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