Bad breath, lack of concentration, dieting and sheer habit are several reasons people chew gum. You may find yourself craving gum throughout the day. Gum addicts commonly chew one or more packs of gum in a 24-hour-period. Constant gum chewing causes aching jaws, dental problems and bloating. The cost of gum addiction adds up. Though not as expensive as alcohol or tobacco, buying several packs of gum a day can impact your expenses.
Decrease overall sugar in your diet, suggests Dr. David Katz in the Sept. 2008 issue of "O, the Oprah magazine." You may be craving sugar when you reach for a piece of gum. Slowly decrease your overall sugar intake to reduce your sweet tooth cravings.
Chew your current piece of gum longer. When you begin to crave the next piece of gum, set a time limit you must reach before it is popped in your mouth. Slowly increase the time over several days or weeks.
Begin to decrease the total number of pieces you chew a day. Cut back your daily gum habit by one to two pieces of gum each day.
Replace gum with sunflower or fennel seeds. Both may keep your mouth busy and you will avoid the habit of constant chewing.