The Power of Chewing Gum

Some teachers think it’s a nasty habit, and others don’t mind as long as you’re not screwing around or disturbing kids.

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Madison Nash, Writer

Chewing gum is a topic that is viewed differently by all, especially by schools. There are schools who prohibit the chewing of gum, and others who are perfectly fine with it as long as we don’t abuse the privilege.

Teachers are the same way. Some teachers think it’s a nasty habit, and others don’t mind as long as you’re not screwing around or disturbing kids. Research from chewinggumfacts.com show that regular chewing can help you remember names, make you thinner, whiten teeth, etc, so is it really that bad to chew gum?

Turns out, chewing gum can be bad for you and your health. A study from mercola.com shows that chewing gum can have some interesting side effects.“Chewing gum can cause jaw muscle imbalance (if you chew on one side more than the other), cause irritable bowel syndrome (IRS), can contribute to tooth decay, and can cause headaches.

However, there is a plus side to chewing gum. Apparently gum can reduce stress, says chewinggum.com. Some teachers encourage kids to chew gum during a big test or quiz to help increase alertness and concentration. Gum can also help you manage weight, and even improve oral health. The results of scientific research demonstrate that chewing gum increases saliva. Saliva protects teeth against potentially harmful bacteria using its high concentration of buffers, minerals and antibacterial components.

Chewing gum has its ups and downs. One of the main reasons kids aren’t allowed to chew gum in school because it can be messy, and can be used to vandalize school property. If you look under the desks in one of the classrooms here at Granite, you’d see all the old, dried gum stuck underneath the desks. Although gum can be bad, it also has some good advantages too, like health benefits, and memory improvement. Should gum be allowed at school, or is it another gross distraction?