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Can Chewing Gum Strengthen Your Jaw?
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Marc Rosenthal, DMD, MD
Teachers around the world tell their students to spit out the gum they are chewing. They do not want them to chew gum in school but are there times when chewing gum is appropriate.
Is it possible that people can chew gum to help exercise their jaw? Some people claim that it can strengthen the jaw and that can help improve their oral health. There are a few ways to look at the idea of chewing gum.
How to Get a Stronger Jaw
The key to getting stronger is to build muscles. That is done through a combination of exercise, diet and rest. Since the jaw does have muscles, it makes sense to say that you can strengthen them in the same way you build muscles in the rest of the body. To strengthen your jaw muscles, you need a combination of exercise, diet and rest.
Exercising Your Jaw Muscles
There are different ways to exercise your jaw muscles. Simply opening and closing your mouth are exercising your muscles. The thing to remember about that is the lack of resistance you provide for the jaw muscles. That is where chewing gum comes in. Chewing gum will cause you to work the muscles of the jaw while also providing some resistance. That will help the muscles grow stronger.
Like any other type of exercise there is a downside. To strengthen the jaw, you have to exercise by chewing gum regularly. You also need to make sure you do not overdo it. Chewing larger pieces of gum or chewing when your jaw is tired is bad for the jaw and will not help you gain strength.
Instead, it will cause injury to the jaw and may weaken it. It is also important to rest the jaw muscles after exercising them with the gum. This allows the muscles to regenerate and repair the damage that comes with exercise.
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