The Surprising Benefits of Chewing Gum
Are you a fan of chewing gum but always avoided it because you thought it was bad for your teeth? No need to avoid any longer. Chewing gum can actually help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Sadly, sugar-filled Hubba Bubba or Big League Chew have to sit on the sidelines, but you can certainly enjoy your favorite sugar-free gum, which provides many benefits to your dental health.
Cavities form when food and bacteria are left behind and not cleaned properly following meals. Chewing on a sugar-filled gum continues to cause a problem from the sugar that is left behind on the teeth, which bacteria feeds on to cause tooth decay. Sugar-free gum lacks the ingredients that cause this decay, making it a safe option to chew and enjoy.
How Does Sugar-Free Gum Benefit Teeth?
Chewing gum for approximately twenty minutes immediately following a meal can help increase the production of saliva. This is extremely beneficial if a toothbrush is not readily available following a meal as saliva helps to wash away remaining bacteria. Chewing gum in no way replaces the need to brush and floss teeth daily, but it is a wonderful way to neutralize bacteria that causes cavities. In fact, the ADA, or American Dental Association, has put a seal on certain brands of sugar-free gum to notify and ensure customers that the product is sugar free and has met the criteria for safety and effectiveness. Chewing sugar-free gum can also:
- Help to alleviate symptoms of dry mouth
- Freshen breath when a mint gum is chewed
- Reduce acidic levels in the mouth
- Strengthen enamel
- Reduce tooth sensitivity
As mentioned above, sugar-free gum should never replace properly caring for your teeth. It is important to remain diligent with your oral health including your routine hygiene examination appointments. If you are in need of a routine examination or you feel there might be an issue developing please call our office located in Lewisville, TX to schedule an appointment.