Chewing Gum to Better Oral Health

Chewing GumFor thousands of years, people have been chewing gum. Even prehistoric man did it and whether they wanted to do it for fresh breath or just to alleviate their boredom with a little mastication, the habit has reached modern times. Gum is now available in all types of shapes, sizes, and flavors. Kids and adults alike are enjoying these chewy treats.

While most candy is harmful to your teeth, there are some exceptions. Do you think chewing gum will only damage your teeth? Think again. According to IndianaGentleDentist.com, there’s a type of chewing gum that is beneficial to your teeth and they have more information on this below.

Sugarless Gum

It doesn’t replace brushing and flossing your teeth, but it does have the ability to remineralize teeth and reduce the risk of tooth decay, plaque, or gingivitis.

Chewing sugarless gum after meals or snacks increases the flow of saliva, washing away food and other debris. It also neutralizes the acid present in the mouth released by bacteria and as saliva flow increases, it also carries more phosphate and calcium, which strengthens tooth enamel.

Xylitol

This is a naturally occurring sweetener that helps cut back on Streptococcus mutans or the bacteria that cause cavities in the mouth. Compared to sugar, this doesn’t fuel the production of these bacteria, but rather decreases it.

Look for the ADA Seal

When you find the ADA Seal, then you know that it’s sugarless. Gums that have this seal have xylitol, mannitol, sorbitol, or aspartame – non-cavity causing sweeteners.

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Gums get the ADA Seal when it meets the requirements for safety and efficacy. Some of the efficacies may include the reduction of cavities or the risk of gingivitis, the promotion of remineralization of the enamel, or the reduction of acids caused by plaque. Gum manufacturers must also include studies that show that their product is safe to oral tissues and they must also provide results of laboratory and clinical studies in humans.

Like chewing and popping gum? Chew on, friend. Just make sure that the gum you’re chewing on is sugarless. As aforementioned, it’s not a substitute to brushing and flossing your teeth, but it does help clean your teeth. So, don’t forget to still practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to check for any irregularities.