Is chewing gum beneficial to your oral health? Does it prevent tooth decay or cavities? Lots of questions may be risen when it comes to chewing gum and dental health, and this article is here to tell you that - chewing gum can prevent cavities!
Chewing Sugarless Gum can...
increase the flow of saliva
saliva can neutralize the acids produced by bacteria in mouth, produces disease-fighting substances
wash away food and debris between teeth
calcium and phosphate in saliva can strengthen tooth enamel
How to shop for chewing gum?
Search for sugar-free gum. Most gums like xylitol and mannitol are sweetened with non-cavity sugar. Sugar-contained gums, on the other hand, may lead to the production of tooth-decaying acids by plaque bacteria.
Look for chewing gum with the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal. Those with the ADA seals are approved to be safe and effective.
Chewing gum can bring benefits to oral health; However, it is also important to know that chewing gum can never substitute brushing and flossing your teeth. These two steps are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth, and should never be skipped.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD