Does Swallowing Gum Cause Intestinal Problems?enteens out what the experts have to say.chewing gum, swallowed gum, swallow gum, what if i swallow chewing gum, gum, swalow gum, swalowing gum, spit out gum, what happens if someone swallows gum? does gum get stuck in the stomach? does gum get stuck in the intestines? what happens to gum in the stomach? digesting gum, eating gum, ate gum, sugar-free gum, dental problems and gum09/20/200509/27/201909/27/2019KidsHealth Medical Experts247db081-9aa9-46b9-b6a8-976827cc1f6f<p><em>What happens if you swallow gum? Does it cause intestinal problems?<br /> </em>&ndash; <em>David*</em></p> <p>Almost everyone has swallowed a piece of gum at some point. But very few people ever have problems because of it.</p> <p>Chewing gum is made up of the gum itself (called the gum base), preservatives, flavorings, and sweeteners. The human body cannot digest the gum base. But swallowed gum does not stay in the stomach or cause intestinal problems. That's because our bodies move most materials that can't be digested (like gum) through the digestive system and out of our bodies in a bowel movement (poop).</p> <p>In rare cases, swallowing a large mass of gum, or many small pieces of gum over a short period of time, can block the <a href="">digestive tract</a>. Blockages are more likely to happen when gum is swallowed along with other indigestible things (like sunflower seed shells).</p> <p>Although people cannot digest the gum base, they can digest the things that have been added to chewing gum, such as sweeteners or even medicines (think of the nicotine gum used by people trying to quit smoking). The body absorbs these just through the act of chewing. So that's one way chewing gum can affect a person's health: When someone chews a lot of sugary gum, the calories can add up.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
Digestive SystemMost people think digestion begins when you first put food in your mouth. But the digestive process actually starts even before the food hits your taste buds.
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