dimarzio

Chewing Gum

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I'm not a gum chewer but wonder if chewing sugar free gum would have a negative or positive effect on esphogeal reflux.  I could try it and see, but wonder if anyone else has experienced any effect.

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Hi Dimarzio,

 

Like smoking, chewing gum is not a habit in which I indulge; however, I would imagine that it could make acid reflux worse, as the mastication of gum produces stomach acid in preparation for the food to enter the stomach for digestion.

 

We have a medical page on Reflux (Heartburn) Prevention and Treatments, which I hope you'll find interesting and helpful.

 

Kind regards,


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Hi Dimarzio,

That's an interesting question which I don't recall hearing before. My knee-jerk reaction was just like Jo's, that it probably wouldn't help and could make heartburn worse.

However, I've found an article which said there was one study that showed chewing gum -- or anything -- for 30 minutes after a meal was good for heartburn, because it increased saliva production. See Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease by the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease and heartburn

That same article points out other risk factors for heartburn, including smoking, which increases acid production. So, maybe a one-two punch of chewing gum but not smoking after meals might help a bit. Interestingly though, even nicotine patches to quit smoking can cause heartburn.
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As a life long chewer of gum...

 

I have never noticed that it made my reflux worse or better since having scleroderma. Helps lubricate the mouth as well!

 

Should I confess to being a bubble blower into my 30's and am no longer only because the choice of gum here in the UK in poor, poor and poor...


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OK - had a good chew and the result:

 

Positive - Helped my dryish mouth a bit

 

Negative - Got a lot of reflux

 

Outcome - will probably give gum a miss in the future.

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Hey Dimarzio, what else can we get you to test, I wonder? Shall we make suggestions?

 

"Off for a good chew"...you do make me laugh!

 

Take care.


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