6 Harmful Effects of Chewing Gum

Feb 11, 2024, 10:51 PM IST

6 Harmful Effects of Chewing Gum

Vikrant Singh

Are you one of those fond of chewing gum every day? Here is what you should be worried about.

Vikrant Singh

1. Tooth Decay

Chewing sugary gum can contribute to tooth decay and cavities, especially if chewed frequently and for prolonged periods.

2. Jaw Problems

Excessive gum chewing may lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or exacerbate existing jaw issues due to repetitive motion.

3. Gastrointestinal Issues

Swallowing excess air while chewing gum can cause bloating, gas, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

4. Headaches

Chewing gum vigorously or for extended periods can strain the muscles around the temples and jaw, potentially leading to tension headaches or migraines.

5. Artificial Sweeteners

Some sugar-free gums contain artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sorbitol, which in large quantities may cause digestive disturbances. 

6. Choking Hazard

Swallowing gum or accidentally inhaling it while chewing poses a choking hazard, especially for young children or individuals with swallowing difficulties.