Things You Might Know About Chewing Gum

You know many things about chewing gum.  It can freshen your breath, help ward off sugar cravings, maybe even seal a leaky pipe in a pinch? Geobeats posted this fun YouTube video of interesting facts about chewing gum.

You’ll learn the history of chewing gum, how it is forbidden in some countries, how it can boost your memory, and how much gum is consumed every year.  Did you know that there is even a famous wall in Seattle that is full of gum, or that Oprah is afraid of chewing gum? Check out the video below:

Can Having A Sweet Tooth Save Your Life?

We’ve all bee29763865-one-tooth-cartoon-vector-graphicsn taught that eating candy is bad for our health and teeth.  But having a sweet tooth could actually be a good thing when it comes to one specific kind of sweet.  It’s sugar free chewing gum designed specifically to fight cavities.

Gum sweetened with Xylitol, a natural sugar substitute synthesized from fruits and vegetables, has been shown to inhibit the growth of cavity causing bacteria.  It also neutralizes pH in the mouth and increases the flow of saliva.

Poor oral health has been shown to lead to other problems in the body such as diabetes and heart disease.  So, that sweet tooth could actually help you!  To learn more about this type of chewing gum and how it can help your oral health, read the full article here: How Having A Sweet Tooth Might Save Your Life!

Is Chewing Gum The Cause For Your Recurring Headaches?

Do you have recurring headaches, dizziness, clogged ears, or even depression?  You may have seen a doctor for these symptoms and still found no answers to what is causing your grief.  Don’t rule out temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJD. Unfortunately, general practitioners and dentists don’t always recognize this condition and many people suffer for years.

The temporoma27713431-3d-rendered-illustration-of-colorful-gumball-machine-isolatedndibular – the scientific name for the jaw joint – works like a complex hinge, which can also slide back and forth. The jawbone is held in place by muscle attached to the joint next to the ear. A cartilage disc acts as shock absorber between the jaw and skull. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction – also called temporomandibular joint disorder – is a broad term for any problem with the joint, the muscles around it or the cartilage disc. It can cause jaw pain, difficulty opening the mouth and sometimes a clicking noise.

A common cause for TMJD is over worked, inflamed muscles and ligaments around the jaw from chewing gum, or grinding teeth.  It may also be caused if the jaw joint is pushed out o alignment by a blow to the head, poorly fitting dentures, biting nails, or even by yawning or opening the mouth too widely to eat.  Sometimes the problem will clear up on its own, but in other cases the cartilage may slip too far out of place leaving bone to rub against bone.

If you are not sure if you have TMJD you should see a doctor, or even an orthodontist who can perform TMJD treatments or surgery.  You may want to search for a specialist in your area if you have any of the following symptoms.

  • Clicking or popping when you talk or chew
  • Muscle spasms around the jaw
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Recurring headaches on the side of the head
  • Earaches and or ringing or buzzing in your ears

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