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Dr. Andrea Ruman, MD (Internist) answered

Sugar-free gum is a better option than gum containing sucrose to help prevent tooth decay or cavities. Most sugar-free gum contains sorbitol, which gives the gum a sweet flavor without the added sugar.

One of the main reasons you want to limit how much sugar-free gum you chew is to ensure you are not ingesting too much sorbitol. Sorbitol is a laxative that is poorly absorbed by the small intestine. So in large doses, sorbitol can cause gastrointestinal side effects such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Chewing roughly 15 to 18 pieces of gum daily may cause the average person to experience these unpleasant symptoms.


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Michelle P. answered
My dentist told me that, regardless of the type of gum (sugar free or not), he does not recommend gum chewing because it puts excess wear and tear on your teeth. We're designed to use our teeth just for eating (so maybe 3 to 5 or so times a day), not for prolonged chewing over the course of the entire day. I have had a lot of cavities filled, and my dentist said that avoiding extra chewing would be especially important for me, someone who has had dental work that can easily wear away with excessive chewing. It's unfortunate, because I'm a gum addict!
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Anonymous answered
I'm attempting to quit gum! I would consume like two packs of extra or five sugarfree every day! This is a costly habit overtime (about $100 in one month!). Furthermore, I had mouth pain, stomach aches, and indigestion! I've made it about a week only chewing gum twice! It's weirdly difficult however
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Anonymous answered
But I would also like to add, I've never had a cavity and have chewed sugar-free gum to some extent for years (the chewing just didn't used to be such an obsessive behavior).
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Anonymous answered
My dentist told me that too! That you should avoid gum chewing in general especially if you've had cavities filled or other sorts of dental work that could potentially get worn down by chewing gum day in and day out. I too am a gum addict; I can't get enough of my sweet mint gum!
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