Look, gum is delicious, fun, and a gift to the world.
But chewing all that gum can't be good for you... can it? And what bad things can actually happen if you chew too much of it?
Well, for starters, it'll make you super gassy.
Chutkan has also seen patients go up a whole dress size from the bloating of gum alone.
Not just severe gas, though, because it can also cause diarrhea.
And because gum doesn't belong to any food group, your body isn't able to actually digest it.
Not to mention that gum can be a leading cause of cavities.
But what about all those "DENTIST APPROVED" gums?!
Well, they DO exist, and they can actually help prevent cavities.
"You want to pick gums with an ADA seal of acceptance," Sahota said. The ADA seal guarantees that the product's claims have been tested and proven to be safe for consumers. So chewing sugar-free, ADA-approved gum can stimulate saliva production, which can help to keep a good pH balance in the mouth, wash away food, and neutralize cavities that could have formed. Ideally you'd chew for 20 minutes after a meal. "In moderation, it's OK!" Sahota said.
Some actual dentist and ADA-approved gum includes...
Dentyne Ice Sugarless gum, 5 Sugarfree gum, Extra Sugarfree gum, Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Sugarfree, Orbit for Kids Sugarfree, Orbit Sugarfree, Stride Sugarless Gum, and Trident Sugarfree — you can find a full list here.