People have been chewing gum in various forms for thousands of years. Original gums were made from the sap of trees, such as spruce or Manilkara chicle. However, most modern chewing gums are made from synthetic rubbers.
Chewing gum contains basic ingredients: gum, resin, fillers, preservatives, softeners, sweeteners and flavorings.
Chewing gum could reduce stress and boost your memory. In one study, people who chewed gum during tests performed 24% better in short-term memory tests and 36% better in long-term memory tests. Moreover, it also helps you loose weigh because it’s both sweet and low in calories, giving you a sweet taste without blowing your diet.
Beside some basic advantages, chewing too much gum could cause some unwanted side effects.
Chewing gum sweetened with sugar is really bad for your teeth because is digested by the bad bacteria in your mouth, causing an increase in the amount of plaque on your teeth and tooth decay over time. In addition, it’s been suggested that constant chewing could lead to a jaw problem called temporomandibular disorder (TMD), which causes pain when you chew.
To maintain a fresh breath, people may use a disposable toothbrush instead of chewing gum. Disposable toothbrushes come with toothpaste already applied and the only you need is water. You’ll able to clean your teeth and freshen your breath anywhere!
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