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Chewing Gum – We Love it! But, Does Our Dentist?

Jan 26, 2023

We know the typical rules for keeping our mouth healthy – Brush, floss, and rinse. These three are wonderful and necessary. We are here to share some good news that you may not know.  

Chewing Gum and How It Helps: 

It turns out that chewing sugarless gum after eating can be added to your daily oral care regime. Clinical studies have found that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can prevent tooth decay and improve tooth enamel! 

When you chew gum, your saliva production is stimulated. This contributes to the reduction of plaque. It also cleans food particles from your mouth. Lastly, the saliva production neutralizes acids that try to weaken the enamel of your teeth. 

What’s the Big Deal About Saliva?  

Saliva works to clean your mouth out many times during a given day. Though saliva is mostly water, it contains minerals such as phosphate and calcium, as well as proteins that help your food digest.  Saliva helps our teeth remain healthy. 

Where does the sugar-free gum come into play? Well, sugar-free gum helps to promote saliva production! 

The Benefits of Sugar-free gum chewing after a meal:  

Strengthen enamel

Stronger chewing

Allows for easier swallowing

Bad breath decrease

Combats germs

Combats tooth decay

Simple & fun, But NOT a substitute 

It’s great to learn that we can reduce plaque, break down tooth enamel, and overall help our dental hygiene!  However, it is important to note that chewing sugar free gum will never be a substitute for brushing, flossing, and routine cleaning appointments with your dentist. Keep in mind that chewing gum excessively, can lead to wear on teeth enamel, and possibly have effects on your bite alignment. This is why we recommend around 20 minutes of chewing after a meal! 

Schedule your next dental appointment to continue to strive for excellent dental care!

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