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Gum Chewing Habit Can Lead to Wrinkles
Orbit Sweet Mint gum may have given half of the girls we know a compulsive gum-chewing habit. And while there are worse oral fixations out there, constant gum chewing isn't exactly good for you or your appearance. As MSNBC reports, some experts believe that habitual gum chewing may be linked to the formation of fine lines around the mouth.
Cosmetic surgeons in the U.S. have observed that adult patients who constantly chew gum exhibit a particular kind of wrinkly pout. The idea is that the repetitive motion of chewing gum overuses surrounding mouth muscles and breaks down support tissue within the skin, reducing the skin's volume and elasticity. This creates folds in the skin and, eventually, wrinkles. Chewing gum may also be responsible for dislodging and breaking down injected cosmetic fillers such as Restylane.
Of course, dental benefits of chewing gum do exist, like breaking loose food particles stuck between teeth and abating bad breath. And a 2009 German study conducted with a group of third-graders indicated that chewing gum improves concentration.
Looks like die-hard chewers have a rationalization to cling to, but we may defer to that motherly saying, "Everything in moderation," on this one.