Many people enjoy chewing gum as a pleasant way to pass the time while working, driving, or just trying to clear their heads. These people may be unaware of chewing gum’s potential benefits and risks.
Benefits of Chewing gum to your mouth
1. Stimulate Fast Salivation.
The first benefit of chewing gum is that it stimulates fast salivation. A lot of people do not produce enough saliva. Producing saliva helps digestion by lubricating the food we eat, breaking down the foods we eat, and absorbing toxins and waste material from the mouth. Since gum also stimulates saliva production, chewing gum can be beneficial in facilitating this process.
2. Strengthens your teeth.
By chewing on gum, you are strengthening your teeth. Chewing ensures that our teeth can withstand constant pressure. It also keeps gum from sticking to the blade’s sides, which can puncture and lead to decay from the acid.
3. Keeps your gums healthy.
Chewing gum helps keep gums healthy. When you are chewing on gum, your gums stay stretched and robust. It also works to flush out any food particles or toxins that can cause plaque buildup in the mouth and destroy good tissue in the gums.
4. Prevents tooth decay.
Chewing gum can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum helps keep your mouth warm and moist and prevents the teeth from drying. This can help prevent cavities from forming. Chewing gum also stimulates salivation, which was mentioned earlier, and helps remove food particles from the mouth.
5. Reduces bad breath.
Chewing gum can reduce bad breath caused by dry mouth. Bad breath is reduced or eliminated when chewing gum because saliva is stimulated when you chew on the gum. Saliva contains enzymes that kill bacteria, causing bad breath. Bad breath is also reduced because chewing on the gum keeps your mouth moist, preventing dry mouth, which is a cause of bad breath.
6. Relieves muscle spasms.
Muscle spasms are reduced when chewing gum because it depresses the nerves. Without these nerves, there’s no escape from the muscles to contract. Muscles that stay contracted for a long time can cause muscles to lose their elasticity, making them prone to injury or spasms. Chewing gum helps reduce muscle spasms and helps relieve pain that could be caused by muscle spasms and other chronic injuries from injuries such as broken bones and sprains.
Risks of chewing Gum
Despite all the benefits of chewing gum in your mouth, it has devastating effects.
1. Bacteria growth.
The biggest problem with chewing gum is the risk of growing bacteria. Chewing gum has a large number of sugars which can lead to the growth of bacteria. Bacteria leads to tooth decay, cavities, and gingivitis. Gums get irritated when constantly exposed to food particles that stick on the teeth or remain in the mouth. This can lead to gingivitis which is an effect of inflamed gums.
2. Stained teeth.
Another potential risk of chewing gum is stained teeth. Chewing on a piece of gum may lead to discoloration of the teeth due to prolonged exposure to sugars. The best way to avoid this is by changing the gum you chew or stopping when your teeth already have discoloration issues.
3. Wears out Enamel.
Chewing gum also wears out the enamel. Enamel is the top layer of teeth. When chewing on gum for an extended period, your enamel wears down and exposes your teeth to cavity-causing acids. This can lead to irreparable damage to the tooth.
Chewing gum can be a pleasurable way to pass the time or even a way to relieve stress. Although chewing gum may be beneficial in stimulating saliva production and keeping teeth healthy, it can also cause bacteria to grow and wear out the enamel. It is important to remember that when chewing gum, the benefits must outweigh the risks. We should be aware if there is any damage being done in our mouths.