Is Chewing Gum Actually Good for My Teeth?

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You probably don’t consider chewing gum as something that’s dentist recommended, but in fact research has shown that chewing gum can actually be good for your teeth! Here’s why.

Sugarless Gum Only

It’s important to note that not all chewing gum is good for your teeth. Sugarless gum is the only type that is dentist recommended. The sugar in regular chewing gum produces decay-causing acids. When you’re at the store, be sure to reach for sugarless gum with the American Dental Association’s seal of approval.

Protects Your Teeth From Decay

When you chew gum, your salivary flow increases. Why is this good? Saliva helps to neutralize and wash away any acids in your mouth. Therefore, the more saliva in your mouth, the better. If there isn’t enough saliva in your mouth, the acids permeate and break down tooth enamel, which leads to tooth decay. Chew sugarless gum for 20 minutes after you eat to prevent decay and increase the amount of calcium and phosphate in your mouth — two elements that can strengthen your enamel.

Fights Bad Breath and Dry Mouth

We all know that chewing gum can help make your mouth fresher, but it also does much more than that. Chewing gum increases the amount of saliva in your mouth which combats symptoms of bad breath and dry mouth.

Prevents Cavities

Chewing gum can keep cavities at bay. Studies show that when you chew sugarless gum with Xylitol, a common sugar replacement, this naturally occurring sweetener can reduce the amount of decay-causing bacteria in your mouth. By removing this bacteria, you can prevent cavities and decay.

Chewing sugarless gum doesn’t replace good oral hygiene habits like brushing, flossing, and going to routine dental checkups. It’s important that you come in and see us for regular cleanings.
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