People have been chewing gum for years now, mainly to get rid of bad breath. Chewing gum is not bad for health and may not cause detrimental health effects as it is generally considered safe for health, however, nothing is good in excess. Chewing gum is a sugary substance and we all know the harmful effects of sugar consumption in excess. Sugar-free gum is recommended to fight bad breath, although not as the only solution to bad breath.
Excessive use of chewing gum can affect your health in the following ways;
- It can cause plaque buildup on the teeth because of the sugar content in the ingredients
- It could cause a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) causing pain in the muscles that allow jaw movement.
- Excess intake of artificial sweetening agents in chewing gums like sorbitol can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating or to an extent Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Instead use mouth fresheners that are recommended by the experts like Non-alcoholic mouthwash,sugarless chewing gums are recommended to fight bad breath. Natural ingredients like cardamom, fennel, cinnamon etc. can also be consumed to curb the issue. These are, however, temporary solutions.