Swallowing gum: Is it harmful

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By Timberlake Dental curated from Mayo Clinic

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“My 6-year-old daughter accidentally swallowed a wad of chewing gum. Should I be concerned?…”

See full article on Mayo Clinic


While it is true that chewing gum is not digested by your intestinal tract, it won’t, as some wives’s tales indicate, sit there for 7 years.  It is simply passed on through your system without any noticeable impact.  Swallowing a good deal of it, however, can be a problem, so children should refrain from swallowing gum as a habit.

Dr. Rodney Chowning, General Dentistry, Denton, TX