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Can my kiddo chew gum?

Jul 6, 2017

Chewing gum

Picture courtesy of Mary Trombley (via The New York Times)

Back in the 1930s, Wrigley Chewing Gum advertised that toddlers were ready for their first piece of gum at age 2. They would mail a free stick of gum to every American child for their 2nd birthday – how funny! The NYTimes wrote a short article about Wrigley and chewing gum here.
Today, however, the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend chewing gum for children younger than 5 due to choking concerns. For older kiddos (or teenagers and adults), most pediatric dentists are OK with gum as long as it is sugarfree (and your kiddo is not in braces)! Chewing gum that contains xylitol (aka: sugarfree gum) can be beneficial to decreasing decay; however, the opposite is true for gums that contain natural sugar.
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