Believe it or not, chewing gum may be used as an alternative remedy for alleviating the symptoms of heartburn. Studies have shown that chewing on a piece of gum helps to produce saliva which is alkaline in composition and forces fluids back into the stomach. These fluids aid in neutralizing the acids that cause the burning sensation that is associated with heartburn.
Dentists recommend chewing sugar-free gum, as sugary gums can damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities. It is suggested that peppermint flavored-gums be avoided as the ingredient may cause the lower esophageal sphincter to open and relax. This can allow gastric acids to get into the esophagus and trigger heartburn symptoms.
Chewing gum is only a temporary solution, if you suffer from chronic heartburn; please monitor your diet and lifestyle. Avoiding foods that commonly trigger heartburn such as citrus, coffee or alcohol can be beneficial. Additionally, if you are a smoker, it is best to quit. Smoking can affect the efficiency of the muscles of the esophageal sphincter, increasing the risk of symptoms to develop. If your heartburn persists, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with your doctor.
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