2nd October 2019

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Is chewing gum good for your jaw?

Chewing gum benefits your teeth and gums by removing billions of bacteria molecules from your mouth (provided you spit it out later). Chewing gum can also strengthen your jaw muscles. However, for people with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) it can exacerbate pain and other symptoms by overworking the jaw.

Subsequently, one may also ask, is chewing gum bad for your gums?

So while the specifics of gum-as-diet-aid are still murky, one piece of advice is clear: If you're going to chew, choose sugar-free gum. While sugar-sweetened gum is bad for your teeth, the American Dental Association says chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva flow, which reduces plaque and helps prevent cavities.

What gum is good for your teeth?

To date, the only chewing gums with the ADA Seal are sugarless. They are sweetened by non-cavity-causing sweeteners such as aspartame, sorbitol or mannitol. Chewing sugarless gum has been shown to increase the flow of saliva, thereby reducing plaque acid, strengthening the teeth and reducing tooth decay.

How is chewing gum beneficial?

Sugar-free gum helps to clean teeth. Both the act of chewing and the flavor of the artificial sweeteners in the gum stimulate ten times the normal rate of saliva flow. Not only does the increased saliva flow neutralize the acids in your mouth, it also washes away food particles, helping to keep your teeth clean.
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