The dentist warns that the “seemingly harmless” daily habit is actually dangerous

A dentist has issued a warning about the daily habit of chewing gum, saying it is “apparently harmless” but could pose a danger. Andrej Bozic, an oral surgeon at Dentum, warned that the “seemingly harmless” ritual could disturb the delicate balance of microbes in the mouth.

He said: “Many people are unaware of the harmful effects of chewing gum containing artificial sweeteners on their oral health. These sweeteners not only disrupt the delicate balance of the mouth’s microbiome, which is essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but can also lead to digestive issues such as bloating.”

He says daily gums could be paving the way for harmful bacteria to thrive and contribute to dental problems like cavities and gum disease. “The mouth is the gateway to the digestive system,” he said in a warning to UK chewing gum enthusiasts.

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“Disrupted oral health can have a domino effect on gut health, potentially exacerbating conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and compromising overall well-being.” He was wrong: “For those who enjoy the act of chewing gum but are concerned about their oral health, I recommend opting for xylitol-sweetened gum as a healthier alternative.”

“Xylitol-sweetened gum not only satisfies the need to chew, but actively contributes to maintaining a healthy oral environment,” explained Dr. Bozic. “Its unique properties make it an excellent choice for people who want to protect their teeth and gums without compromising taste or comfort.”

The most commonly used products containing xylitol are sugar-free chewing gum and candies (such as mints, caramels, and chocolate), both of which have been endorsed by six national dental associations. “Making the switch to xylitol-sweetened gum is a simple but impactful step toward maintaining oral health and supporting overall well-being,” he said.

Some people experience digestive side effects when they consume too much. Sugar alcohols can draw water into the gut or be fermented by gut bacteria (28). This can lead to gas, bloating and diarrhea.

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