chewing gum

The New York Times’ “Well” section recently published an article entitled, “What Dentists Wish You Knew,” which listed five points. We found them to be a somewhat odd and incomplete collection.  We list the Times' offerings, with our commentary and some bonus suggestions of our own.
Your mother might have told you not to chew gum it's bad for your teeth, and it sticks your stomach together, etc. But in some cases, your doctor might actually prescribe a little gum chewing to help you recover from the effects of surgery.