What does chewing gum consist of?
Probably, everyone in childhood heard from older relatives that there is one chemistry. Let's find out what modern chewing gum really consists of and whether it is so safe to chew it. If you look at the packaging turnover of chewing gum, you will definitely see the following components there:
- the main part of the gum is its base, which consists of paraffin with the addition of various kinds of resins;
- sweeteners and flavorings, which just give chewing gum different flavors;
- there are also stabilizers, flavorings, dyes and flavor enhancers in minimal quantities - everything to make the "resin" look and smell better. They cannot cause harm - there are too few of them in the gum.
Modern chewing gum comes in three types: simple, hygienic and preventive. Simple chewing gum cleans our teeth from plaque, but, nevertheless, not everything is so rosy, because this type of chewing gum reduces the natural Ph of saliva, and this causes caries. Hygienic chewing gum will also clean your teeth from the plaque of small food residues, but will not harm the health of your teeth, because they are neutral to the oral cavity. These chewing gums can prevent the appearance of caries due to the fact that they do not contain sugar at all.
I think many of you have thought about the question: "Why does chewing gum lose its flavor over time?"
Probably, everyone still remembers from the biology course that food, entering the human body, begins to split even in the oral cavity under the action of enzymes in saliva. The same goes for chewing gum. The sweeteners in its composition are gradually broken down, and because of this you stop feeling its taste.