Do you want to chew gum? Is that your habit? What is your favorite flavor? Do you know that there are some real benefits to chewing gum? Chewing gum is known to stimulate the secretion of mucus which helps flush bacteria and food debris out of the mouth. Chewing gum is quite effective and useful when we do not have the opportunity to brush our teeth after a meal, so chewing gum can help us get rid of food. Chewing gum has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and improve concentration. Chewing gum also increases the speed of the brain to process data.
About the history of chewing gum
Chewing gum has always existed, but in a different shape and taste. In Finland, for example, a five-thousand-year-old birch gum has been found. Birch bark tar is thought to have antiseptic and some other medicinal effects. In ancient Greece, the Greeks chewed gum made from the resin of the mastic tree.
The first man to make and sell a commercial chewing gum was John B. Curtis in 1848. In 1869, William Finley Sample became the first to patent a chewing gum. William Wrigley Jr. and Henry Flair in 1914 created the Wrigley Dublmint brand. The popular Double Bubble mastic is the pink mastic produced by Walter Daimer.
Each chewing gum contains gum that is a mixture of natural latex and synthetic rubber. Sweeteners, various flavors, toothpastes, and other ingredients are added to this structure, depending on the type of gum.
How Chewing Gum can Boost your Brainpower?
Chewing gum stimulates brain activity, improves memory and increases our attention and concentration. It also raises the heart rate and supplies oxygen to the brain. According to a study conducted on students, those students who chewed gum during classes and during school holidays, had much better success and increased concentration than those students who did not have chewing gum.
Why is it good to chew?
Studies have shown that chewing gum reduces the number of Streptococcus mutans (SM) and increases the mucus (reduces acidity) in children who chew gum, and this was especially pronounced in the group that chewed gum with xylitol. Similar studies have been performed on pregnant women whose newborns have been shown to have a delayed onset of SM.
Chewing gum has also been shown to reduce stress, improve mood and concentration. Chewing gum speeds up recovery especially in patients in the postoperative stages of some gastrointestinal and urinary surgeries.
Nicotine chewing gum is used to quit smoking, but long-term use can have a negative effect on nicotine (for example, cancers of the oral cavity).
Chewing gum stimulates the secretion of mucus that rinses bacteria and food debris in the mouth and is very useful when we do not have time or opportunity to brush our teeth after lunch. It is enough to chew some chewing gum to refresh the breath and in 5-10 minutes it will achieve what it is intended for.
Chewing gum, like all other things in life, is an aid when used in reasonable quantities. They serve for refreshing the breath, for superficial brushing of the teeth, as a help for quitting smoking, as a means that will wake you up, as a substitute for something mild. Excessive consumption of aspartame and nicotine mastic, you risk cancer, as well as damage to the jaw joint due to constant chewing. Therefore, dentists advise, until a completely harmless chewing gum appears, to chew only those without sugar and in reasonable quantities and time.