I quit smoking (hurray for me!) for over a year now. I used the patch and sugarless gum. Well, I got off the patch as planned but the damn gum – I chewed a lot – some 36-40 pieces a day of sugarless gum. I have developed a very sore irritated inside lining of the mouth, including my inner cheeks and sides of the tongue. (saw a dr. and he has no idea). I checked the ingredients of the gum and sorbitol is first. Wikipedia says sorbitol can cause canker sores. Anyway, to make this rather long story shorter, I have now switched to gum (and much less of it) with xylitol in it and I will be damned I believe I am seeing an improvement. I guess I have two questions – are their any other ex-smokers “addicted” to gum out there and has anyone else developed an irritation to the lining of the inside of the mouth, almost like a chemical type burn it seems. Sorry about the length of this; I have really been stymied about what is causing this. Thank you.
This question was not answered by a nutritionist, however another user commented.
Yes…and yes. I was not a smoker…but have replaced another nervous behavior with gum chewing. And when I chewed one with sorbitol, it gave me horrible canker sores. This was because sorbitol is basically citric acid, which erodes the lining of the mouth. Now I always chew Trident or Stride…with the other stuff and no more sores. Keep the Orajel handy for the next week…those sores will be painful for a while.