A small study shows that chewing gum could be giving migraine headaches to teenagers.
Reason behind migraines
Tel Aviv University researchers conducted an experiment on 25 teen girls and five teen boys, with an average age of 16, who all experience chronic headaches.
They were grouped into four based on the amount of time they spent on chewing gum every day. They were also asked to stop chewing gum for a month.
After following the instructions, 26 of them reported improvement in their headache symptoms.
Overuse of TMJ
When the teens started up the habit after the month was over, 20 of them experienced headaches again.
Lead researcher Dr. Nathan Watemberg noticed at Meir’s Child Neurology Unit and clinics that many patients who reported headaches were daily gum chewers, a finding supported by previous dental studies.
Dr. Watemberg noted that the likely reason for the headache-gum-chewing link is the stress on the temporomandibular joint.
He believes that overuse of the TMJ will cause headaches, which was happening when teens chew gum excessively.