Experts Views on Gum Chewing
Routine gum chewers form traces of fine lines around their mouth area, particularly conspicuous on the side of the mouth normally used when chewing gum.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon practicing in Nebraska argues that gum chewers develop wrinkles prematurely as a result of overworked facial muscles which, in turn, causes facial skin to slack and lose elasticity thereby supporting the formation of fine lines.
Other skin care specialists think otherwise. Japanese author Chizu Saeki, a beauty consultant and aesthetician wrote The Japanese Skincare Revolution, recommends gum chewing to exercise facial muscles. She suggests to deliberately chew gum regularly for 5 to 20 minutes to help enhance blood circulation around the mouth area which, in turn, helps to prevent wrinkles from forming.
Other Health Benefits Of Gum Chewing
After series of researches, doctors now agree, that gum chewing results to several health benefits. In recognizing these benefits, gum companies even came up with sugar-free gums. Some benefits attached to gum chewing includes:
- Increases alertness
- Relieves stress
- Improves attention and focus
- Promotes weight management
- Improving oral health
- Chewing gum aids in the removal of food residues from teeth.
- Gum chewing has also been shown to help smokers quit the habit, with gums used as an alternative to fight the impulse of lighting up cigarettes.
- People who frequently suffer from headaches and migraine attacks also commonly chew gums to help exercise tired muscles and fuel veins on and around the face and temples.
Although some headache sufferers also claim that chewing gum appears to trigger their headaches but, that may be more due to the content of the gum rather than the act of chewing.
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If you’ve been chewing gums, there seems to be no alarming reason why you should stop the habit. You probably should focus more on correcting other bad habits that may be contributing to the lines on your face rather than being bothered by gum chewing.
Some of the things which you can start doing regularly to prevent early signs of skin aging are: wear sunscreen during daytime even when it’s cloudy, keep skin ultra-hydrated with creams and moisturizers, make it a habit to eat healthy, exercise regularly, quit smoking, and avoid drinking too much alcohol too frequently.
Frequent facial expressions like smiling, squinting or, frowning do leave marks on your skin after a while. However, it is also a fact that exercising strengthens skin tissues and can help improve skin elasticity, even if that only means exercising your jaws.
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It’s alright to chew gums but you must refrain from chewing excessively. It is best to chew gum in moderation. Too much chewing can harm your skin but no chewing at all means depriving your skin of the benefits it can derive from gum chewing.