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Has anyone else developed a very sore inside of the mouth from chewing a lot of sugarless gum?

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.

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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.

i have some gum that says sugarfree and makes your gums and teeth healthy..is it true??

could i have one of these after each meal (3 throughout the day) instead of brushing my teeth, would it whiten my teeth (or at least keep them from getting yellow) , what happens if u have a maximum of 3 chewing gums a day, any problems?? thnxx

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Some new gums have an ingredient in them called Xylitol. It has been proven that xylitol (which is a sugar alcohol derivative) is able to prevent the bacteria found on the teeth from respiring. This means that they cannot produce acid as the glycolytic chain is disrupted. This basically means the bacteria cannot attack your teeth. So they are less likely to rot. so its better than nothing,… BUT this doesn’t mean you can stop brushing your teeth as you still need to clean away food debris that bacteria could use at a later stage to attack your teeth. Plus too much xylitol is believed to have some side effects, mainly diarrhea, which isn’t brilliant. and chewing three times a day is fine. Its more when people have packet after packet, which can supposedly lead to stomach ulcers.

How do you get fresh smelling breath?

I’m going to be completely honest here, when i was younger i was the laziest kid alive. Never played sports, never brushed my teeth, barely showered. I was basically a feral kid. I have really changed within the past 1-2 years and i brush my teeth/shower everyday, and i play soccer for a club. Since i never brushed my teeth my breath really stinks, and i don’t know what to do. On the weekend i have a party and a girl wants to get with me, and i’m scared she might stop because of my breath. I really regret everything and i’m just so pissed off at myself for doing that. Like when i talk to girls i usually talk while looking another way. And when i laugh i usually cover my mouth/hide my face. Please help me, i really need it. Thank you in advance

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Go to your dentist and check for your mouth, maybe there’s some cavity. Cavity can cause bad breath. Brush your teeth regularly and also scrape the white stuff offyour tongue, let it to be pinkish red cz the white stuff sticking to your tongue also contribute to bad breath. Try OTC mouthwash and before you go for the date, chew some xylitol chewing gum. Goodluck!

What is the ingredient sugar alcohol? It is in a South Beach Diet meal replacement bar. Is it worse?

than regular sugar??

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Sugar alcohols are carbohydrates which are also called “polyols”. Part of their chemical structure resembles sugar, and part of it resembles alcohol, hence the confusing name. Examples of common sugar alcohols are maltitol, sorbitol, isomalt, and xylitol. They can’t get you drunk, because they are not alcohol. But because they are incompletely absorbed, they can ferment in the intestines and cause bloating, gas, or diarrhea. Different people can have different reactions to different sugar alcohols. Careful experimentation is advised. There’s lots more information here: What Are Sugar Alcohols http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/sugaralcohols.htm

does anybody know of any sugar freee, aspartame free, sorbitol free gums?? this is really really important!!?

i really need to find a type of gum that is sugar free, aspartame free as well as sorbitol free, and it seems like this would be the only way to find out! this is really important and rather urgent, so please any type is acceptable!! thank you very, very, very much

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XyliChew is flavored with Xylitol. They have gum, mints, and toothpaste. http://www.naturalwebstore.com/brand-XYLICHEW.htm

what is chewing gum made from any ideas?

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Mine is made of sorbitol, gum base, xylitol, glycerin, natural and artificial flavoring, mannitol, aspartame, ascesulfame potassium, soy lecithin, blue 1 lake, yellow 5 lake and BHT……yummy

what is toothpaste really made of?

what is toothpaste really made of?

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Active Ingredients: * Fluoride * Antibacterial agents, most often Triclosan is used to control plaque * Desensitizing agents * Anti-tartar agents * Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) * Enzymes, to enhance the antibacterial properties of saliva * Xylitol, a non-sugar sweetener, which reduces levels of cariogenic (decay causing) bacteria in the mouth and enhances remineralization (Natural toothpastes may contain a variety of ingredients – anything from oil of ginger to seaweed extract.) Inactive ingredients: * Water * Detergents, to make the toothpaste foam * Binding agents * Humectants to retain moisture * Flavoring, sweetening, and coloring agents like peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, wintergreen, and menthol * Preservatives * Abrasives for cleaning and polishing

Are there some known *healthy* foods that will help fill hunger pains?

I am trying to change my diet to healthier eating but find that some of the foods that I eat do not fill me up and so I feel hungry til the next meal. Are there some sidemeals/foods that are healthy that will fill me up so that I can eat without cheating? Please, serious answers need apply!!

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Eat more Calories in the mornings and less Calories in the evening in frequent healthy meals (every three hours) If you are not hungry you won’t crave for junk foods. ex; eggs morning hrs. Apple evening. Choose low glycemic index diet, keeps blood sugar levels even Add a dash of black pepper to your foods the piperine in it is a nutrition enhancer If you drink tea, try to use green tea ½ hr. before meals. ( contains Epigallo-Catechin Gallete( Egcg)) stevia for sweetnes or if you don’t like the taste use Xylitol (46% les calories then sugar= low glacemic index) Chose food sources of Medium chain Saturated Fatty Acid for your fat; contains lauric acid, caprilic acid, capric acid. examples; Butter, goat cheese, cream cheese. They keep you satisfy. Eat Rye bread. add a big salad green before your lunch. Hoodia? Not a food but appetite supresant used in Africa to avoid hunger pains. You need a variety of foods to avoid creating deficiencies of certains nutriens especially Vitamin A, D, E, B,C Selenium,magnecium, water, Fiber, etc.etc I hope this helps you!

Am I Allergic To My Acne Medication?

ok so i have been using clean and clear morning burst the blue one. this time i thought i would try clean and clear morning burst the yellow one and the clean and clear persa gel 10 and i have a horrible allergic reaction to it and my have broke out in hives and stuff so i was wondering if there’s any way i can now what im allergic to ingredents in the face wash Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Menthyl Lactate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Cellulose, Citric Acid, Mannitol, Xylitol, Menthol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Polygonum Fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Flour, Ethylparaben, Caffeine, Polybutylene Terephthalate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Citrus Medica Limonium (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Algin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl Methylocellulose, Ethylene/VA Copolymer, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Talc, Chronium Hydroxide Green, Iron Oxides, Yellow 10 ingredent in persa gel 10 Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10.0%) Inactive: Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Laureth-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Water

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I had this same reaction to a different acne medicine the culprit turned out to be the benzoyl peroxide so I changed to an acne medicine that contained salicylic acid instead and it works just as well minus the allergic reaction

tongue scraper problem?

how to make effective use of a tongue scraper. can you please tell me in a few simple steps.

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If you gag easily (like me) it might be hard. Try this: get a toothpaste with xylitol… it will make you salivate and that will make it easier to clean your mouth.