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It is clear that children love trinkets, as clear that they should not abuse them. The same happens with the chewing gums or the chewing gum that many children begin to consume from an early age without our knowing very well how it affects the health of children.
Should children chew gum without restrictions? We analyze the advantages and disadvantages of chew gum for children, something that in principle should not be a problem but that, like everything in a matter of habits, is a matter of moderation. Although the ideal is that we do not accustom children to eating sweets or trinkets.
Although it seems incredible, chewing gum has some benefits for children and also for adults. One of them is that chewing produces a greater amount of saliva and that helps digestion and not having the sensation of a dry mouth. Chewing gum also reduces the sensation of appetite and that can help children not bite between meals.
For children who suffer anxiety or who are too nervous chewing gum can serve as a method to reduce nerves. And there are even dentists who recommend the consumption of gum with xylitol to strengthen tooth enamel, stop the appearance of plaque in the mouth and provide calcium phosphate. Sometimes chewing gum is also recommended for medical reasons in cases of otitis or to stimulate jaw development.
Logically these advantages can turn into disadvantages if children abuse gum. The feeling of fullness that can prevent overeating can also lead to gas and other gastrointestinal problems. And jaw development can be impaired if gum consumption is excessive. Also, it is not recommended that children chew gum until after the 4 years.
The main disadvantage of chewing gum is in the gum with sugar due to the obvious risks to children's oral health. Like any other candy, chewing gum contains too much sugar and can cause problems such as diabetes or being overweight and the dyes used are not exactly the healthiest components for a child.
It would be as negative to demonize the consumption of gum in children as to promote its consumption without measure. Special mention deserves the urban myth or legend of the gastrointestinal problems that it can cause swallow the gum. That a child accidentally swallows gum does not pose a risk to their health, but that does not prevent us from paying close attention when the little ones have gum in their mouth.
Laura Velez. Editor of our site
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