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My DH constant chewing is driving me crazy!

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PonyPals Thu 05-Jan-17 11:29:58

My DH constantly has a chewing gum in his mouth... and I mean constantly! As soon as he is finished a meal he pops a chewy as soon as that one loses flavour in goes another.
Not only do I hate the sound of his chewing but I am very worried about the state of his teeth.
He has always had problems with his teeth and I can't help but think that the fake sugar that's always in his mouth is making his teeth worse!
I have raised this discussion many many times and each time he acts like a little boy being told off.
Tried pointing out the facts, tried joking around, tried begging for him to stop.
I actually think he is addicted.
I just don't know what to do. Had a google to see if there are any adverse side effects but couldn't find any.
So, AIBU should i just let him be?

steff13 Thu 05-Jan-17 11:32:30

Chewing sugar free gum increases saliva, which reduces plaque acid and can strengthen your teeth.

BIgBagofJelly Thu 05-Jan-17 11:32:59

Not sure if YABU but this would drive me to distraction. On a recent family long car journey (five of us in the car) I deliberately took my FiL's jumbo box of chewing gum out before we set off, as I didn't think I could handle being stuck in a box for five hours with people constantly chewing. So if YABU I guess I am too. (In my defence I bought everyone treats at the service station to atone for my sins)

Thebookswereherfriends Thu 05-Jan-17 11:33:19

Wasn't there a football manager who needed an operation on his jaw from excessive chewing on gum? That would be really irritating, I chew gum, but usually just for a bit after a meal.

BIgBagofJelly Thu 05-Jan-17 11:34:12

I would worry about the state of your husband's stomach if he's constantly ingesting sugar free stuff (it often has a laxative effect and is generally quite bad for you) but I don't really know how it affects the teeth.

Gottagetmoving Thu 05-Jan-17 11:34:51

People don't have to chew in a way that is annoying. Ask him to chew with his mouth closed and not make a noise. grin

TheFlyingFauxPas Thu 05-Jan-17 11:35:28

Is he secretly smoking? That's what I used to do - got through loads. Now. No smoking, no chewing 🙂

PonyPals Thu 05-Jan-17 11:40:43

He quit smoking about a year ago and I think has replaced the smokes with chewing gum.
Just worried what it's doing to his teeth but it is better than smoking.

LivingInMidnight Thu 05-Jan-17 11:44:38

Maybe his mouth is dry? His teeth will be fine, it's the TMJ joint that might not be.

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