Growing up we have always learned that candy isn’t good for you and at the very least to consume it in moderation. So we can understand your confusion if your dentist tells you that you should chew more gum.
As you already know it is important to brush and floss regularly. (Also, it is important to make sure you’re doing this properly so if you’re not sure feel free to visit some of our previous posts on the subject.) Another step that can help you improve your dental health is to chew gum.
Take note that not any old gum should be chewed. Make sure you are chewing sugar-free gum. There are lots of options available that are “clean” gums, meaning they don’t contain products that are harmful to you. Also, don’t go overboard on the gum chewing, the old adage, “Too much of a good thing” still pertains.
The biggest reason a dentist will tell you to chew gum is because chewing gum increases saliva production. So, what is the big deal about making more spit? Well, it has been proven that saliva reduces plaque and helps clear out food particles in your mouth. Saliva can also help reduce loss of tooth enamel by neutralizing acids.
If you do not produce enough saliva it can lead to a lot of dental health issues including dry mouth. Although typically temporary, chronic dry mouth is a condition called, xerostomia. Xerostomia can cause swollen and painful, tongue, gums and mouth tissue. This condition can also cause bad breath.
It turns out that chewing sugar-free gum has lots of wonderful benefits. So the next time you’re at the store pick up that packet of gum and remember what you’re doing for your dental health:
Better tasting and chewing
Preventing bad breath
Resisting tooth decay
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