Many people have opposing opinions about how chewing gum relates to and can influence an individual’s vocalization.
I’ll scientifically and unilaterally explain this.
I have 22 categories that influence breathing and vocalization. Let’s try to figure out who is right.(9)
Part 9 is “Gum”
I’ve asked a few people if they thought their voices sounded better after chewing gum, and they answered: “It does feel easier to let out the voice after chewing gum,” “I can speak smoother when chewing gum,” and, “It keeps my throat from drying out.”
Meanwhile, some of them answered: “I’m often thirsty after chewing gum.” Also, “I feel my chin gets tired as time passes, and think chewing gum is not good for the voice.”
I’ll explain their opinions in more detail.
●“It feels easier to let out the voice after chewing gum.” Because…Chewing gum warms up the muscles around chin, and also the Suprahyoid muscles. If you chew gum, you can warm up these muscles subconsciously.
● “I can speak smoother when chewing gum.”… Chewing gum affects speaking, because the muscles used for chewing are linked to the muscles used for speaking.
●“Chewing gum helps keep my throat from drying out.”… Yes, because the secretion of saliva produced increases while chewing gum.
●“I feel my chin gets tired, and think chewing gum is not good for the voice.”…The action of chewing gum needs muscle movement, any continuous action will cause muscles to tire over time.
●“I’m often thirsty after chewing gum.”…Scientifically, this claim is inaccurate, and should be the opposite as the above claim reported. Because, the secretion of saliva increases when chewing gum. The the back of the throat could become itchy, depending on the ingredients in the gum. Although these ingredients are not bad for your health, you should be careful if you have a sensitive voice.
These are the pros and cons relating to, how chewing gum influences the voice.