Why Is Some Chewing Gum Good for Dental Health?

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Did you ever think your dentist would recommend you chew gum? Well, research has shown that chewing gum can actually be good for your teeth by treating issues as mild as bad breath to ones as serious as tooth decay. By chewing gum after meals, you can do a lot of good for your oral health.

Sugarless Gum Only

First off, we’re not talking all types of gum. Sugarless gum is the only kind of gum that is good for your teeth. When you chew gum containing sugar, that sugar is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. When buying sugarless gum, look for the American Dental Association seal of approval on the wrapper.

Fights Bad Breath and Dry Mouth

So what are the benefits of sugarless gum? Let’s start with the one everyone knows. Chewing sugarless gum can help give you fresh breath. But how exactly does gum do this, beyond the minty flavor? When you chew sugarless gum, your mouth produces more saliva, which combats symptoms of bad breath and dry mouth, as well. This increase in saliva production helps keep your breath fresh and helps keep other serious oral health issues in check.

Prevents Cavities

Chewing sugarless gum may also help prevent cavities. By chewing sugarless gum with a sugar replacement called Xylitol, a naturally occurring sweetener, you can reduce the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth.

Stops Decay

By chewing gum, your salivary flow increases. The more saliva in your mouth, the better. Saliva can help to neutralize and wash away acids produced when food is broken down by bacteria in the mouth. Without saliva, the acid can break down tooth enamel, which can lead to decay. Studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. More saliva can also mean more calcium and phosphate, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.

Of course, chewing gum does not replace good oral habits like flossing and brushing. It’s also vital that you come in to see us for regular cleanings to maintain a healthy, happy mouth. At Palos Heights Family Dental, we’re dedicated to proving you with the best information and care. Call to make an appointment with us today!

Why Is Some Chewing Gum Good for Dental Health? was last modified: August 9th, 2020 by Palos Heights Family Dental