Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Has Its Benefits
- Posted on: Feb 15 2017
Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum can be beneficial to your teeth? While nothing can replace brushing and flossing, sugarless gum is also a good way to fight cavities.
- Sugar-Free Gum Prevents Dry Mouth
Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum after meals help rinse away the acids found in bacteria-filled plaque – acids that are harmful to your tooth enamel. The combination of chewing and the flavor of the artificial sweeteners in sugar-free gum can stimulate saliva flow at a much higher rate than without gum. And increase saliva flow carries with it more calcium and phosphate which can strengthen tooth enamel. This also helps wash away food particles, break up plaque and clean your teeth.
- Sugar-Free Gum Contains Xylitol
What’s that, you ask? Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. It can prohibit the growth of oral bacteria called streptococcus mutans, which causes cavities. That’s because xylitol makes it difficult for bacteria to stick to your teeth and prohibits the formation of cavities.
Is Sugar-Free Gum Always Beneficial?
In some cases, chewing sugar-free gum is not a good idea. For example, if you have any jaw pain or disorders, you should refrain from chewing gum. Make an appointment with your dentist to have your jaw examined and received proper treatment.
To make sure you’re getting a sugar-free gum that is beneficial to your teeth, look for sugarless gum with the ADA Seal of Approval on it. According to the American Dental Association, chewing gum after each meal for at least 20 minutes will help benefit your pearly whites.
Want to learn more about the benefits of sugar-less gum for your oral health? Contact Robert D. Bankhardt, DDS in Simi Valley, CA
We can be reached here or call 805.584.1194. We look forward to hearing from you!
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