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Can chewing gum cause gum problems?

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Posted by: Sonia576898  (6 years ago)
Two months back I took my daughter to Clearbrook Dental at Ontario for a tooth extraction which went very well and no pain resulted due to that. No side effects were noticed either. She keeps chewing gum all the time, and doc told me it was that habit of hers which lead for this extraction. I tried everything out there to help her give away this habit, and she did give it up finally though a lot of pressure had to be put in. But, now she have started developing gum problems. Can this be the the cause of that long lost habit of hers ?
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Two months back I took my daughter to Clearbrook Dental at Ontario for a tooth extraction which went very well and no pain resulted due to that. No side effects were noticed either. She keeps chewing gum all the time, and doc told me it was that habit of hers which lead for this extraction. I tried everything out there to help her give away this habit, and she did give it up finally though a lot of pressure had to be put in. But, now she have started developing gum problems. Can this be the the cause of that long lost habit of hers ?


Gum chewing does not cause permanent tooth loss. It may speed the loss of a baby tooth.

If your daughter lost a permanent tooth due to decay, something is horribly wrong in her diet. You need to look into this. Carbonated drinks are a big cause of decay. Energy drinks are even more acidic than sodas. The sour candies so popular are extremely acidic and even more dangerous to teeth. These are the common things that cause decay and tooth loss in young people, and not chewing gum.

It is not clear that gum chewing is net harmful. It increases salivary flow, which acts against decay. If a person has TMJ problems, it is probably not advisable.
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