Is it possible to give children chewing gum? Harm and benefit for the child
Many children love chewing gum and are ready to chew it for hours. However, most parents treat her negatively. Adults consider that because of the chewing gum the fillings from the teeth fly out, and after accidental ingestion it will not be digested. Are such fears justified?
Chewing gum is not the most useful product, but it can not be called absolutely harmful either. Under the condition of moderate consumption, this delicacy even has a beneficial effect on the body. So sometimes you can pamper the baby.
The process of chewing gum causes in the child’s body the same reflexes that arise when taking ordinary food:
- Intensifying salivation. With the saliva, the remains of food are removed from the teeth. This prevents the formation of a plaque in which the bacteria multiply.
- Recovery of acid-base balance. After eating, the level of acidity in the oral cavity increases. A favorable environment is created for the reproduction of harmful microorganisms, which destroy the teeth and provoke the development of caries. The pH level is restored and independently, but increased salivation speeds up this process.
- Stimulation of gastric juice production. It is necessary for digesting all the food that enters the body. If gastric juice is not enough, digestion problems occur, the stool is broken, pain and discomfort in the abdomen, nausea appear. Hence follows the rule that you can chew only after eating, so that there is something to digest.
- Strengthening the jaw joint. Some doctors recognize this effect as positive. In their opinion, modern food provides insufficient load of the jaw. To increase it, it is useful to chew gum a little. But the chewing gum can be replaced with carrots, cucumber or apple. It is not only more useful, but also tastier.