Do you look in the mirror every day and see a double chin or a puffy face and wish you had a sharp, chiseled jawline? You spend hours in the gym each week working to burn fat and build muscle, but what about your face? Your face has many muscles designed to help you chew your food, but you can’t exactly add some weight and work these muscles on a regular basis. Or can you?
The truth is, there is a simple way to work the muscles in your face. However, they may not give you the results you are hoping for. Image Dental professionals are here to help you achieve optimal oral health, including a strong jawline and healthy muscles. Here we will explain how gum can benefit your jawline, but there are some things to consider.
Chewing and jaw muscles
Chances are, when you bite into your favorite burger, you aren’t thinking about the muscles in your jaw that make that possible. But when it comes to mastication or chewing, there are four major muscles that allow you to chew your food so you can digest it. These muscles are:
- The masseter muscle is the main muscle used for chewing and is actually the strongest muscle in your body. This muscle gives you the ability to close your jaw with as much as 200 pounds of pressure. It connects your lower jawbone to the cheekbone.
- The temporalis muscle begins just above the temple and connects to the jaw. It allows for the side-to-side movement you use when chewing, closing your mouth, and even grinding your teeth.
- The medial and lateral pterygoid muscles are underneath the masseter muscle and assist with chewing, opening your jaw, side-to-side motion, and allows for the projection of your lower jaw.
How does chewing help your jawline?
When you want to strengthen the muscles in your hands, you squeeze a stress ball. Repetitive movement and stress on the muscles help strengthen your hand. The same concept is possible for the muscles in your jaw. These muscles function to allow chewing, so increasing your chewing through gum will, in turn, increase the use of your jaw muscles, helping to increase their strength. In fact, a 2018 study shows that only five minutes of gum chewing twice a day can significantly increase your maximum bite force.
In addition, just like regular weight training helps build and sculpt muscles, gum chewing can help stimulate muscle growth in the jaw. This creates a larger and squarer jawline, giving a person a chiseled jawline. In addition, chewing gum and increasing your jaw muscle strength can also help lift your chin, reducing the appearance of a double chin. However, chewing gum alone is not going to eliminate a double chin completely or give you a sculpted jawline. Chewing gum cannot reduce fat deposits on your face or neck, so additional dietary changes and exercise to lose weight are also necessary to experience noticeable changes.
Other benefits of regular gum chewing
Chewing gum also offers many other benefits, including:
- Fresh breath – Chewing gum after eating can help combat that garlic or onion breath
- Improved oral health – Chewing sugar-free gum helps to increase the flow of saliva, which in turn helps to remove food particles and plaque from the mouth. This helps strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay.
- Reduced hunger – If you are looking to lose weight, chewing sugar-free gum can help reduce hunger cravings, increase your feeling of fullness, and help reduce snacking between meals.
- Improved memory – Psychologists in the United Kingdom have found that those who chew gum score significantly higher in short-term and long-term memory tests than those who do not chew gum during testing.
Types of chewing gum for a sharp jawline
Every grocery and convenience store has a variety of different gums to choose from, but not all gum is the same. While traditional chewing gums will work your jaw muscles, they may not provide the muscle workout you are looking for. Other gum alternatives offer a stronger workout and may provide quicker results.
1. Traditional gum
Your everyday chewing gum is enough to give your jaw a daily workout and is quick and easy to find. While any chewing gum will work, it is best to choose sugar-free gum to also help promote good oral health. Chewing sugary gum all day can increase your risk of dental decay and cavities.
2. Mastic gum
Mastic gum is a sab-like substance derived from the mastic tree. This gum has been used for centuries because it is considered an antioxidant and offers anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Various studies have shown that mastic gum can help protect dental health by reducing bacteria levels, as well as help with gastrointestinal issues. But is it better for strengthening your jawline? The fact is mastic gum is about ten times harder than regular chewing gum, so it adds resistance, helping strengthen the jaw muscles. It makes a better option to help work toward creating a larger muscle mass.
3. Falim gum
Falim gum is similar to mastic gum in that it is chewier than traditional gum. This Turkish gum is cheaper than mastic gum, is softer to start with, and comes in many different flavors.
Can chewing gum give you a chiseled jaw?
While chewing gum can help you strengthen your jaw muscles and, over time, help create a larger and squarer-looking jawline, it may not be noticeable without additional considerations such as weight loss in the face. In addition, regular gum chewing can contribute to unwanted side effects. These can include regular headaches, clicking in the jaw, jaw popping, and even temporomandibular joint (TMJ) injury. If you chew gum with sugar or sucrose, you can increase enamel demineralization in your teeth, leading to an increased risk of cavities.
At Image Dental, we understand the desire to have a more chiseled jawline, but we also do everything we can to help promote good oral health. Our team of caring professionals is here to answer all your questions about regular gum chewing and how you can help to strengthen your jaw. Contact our team online or call the office at (209) 955-1500 to schedule an appointment and let us help you get on the road to a healthy, strong jawline and optimal oral health.