It may come as a shock to hear that chewing sugarless come can help prevent tooth decay. It’s true! Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent cavities.
How Does Chewing Gum Help My Smile?
Chewing sugarless gum increases the saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids in the mouth, and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Saliva also carries calcium and phosphate, which strengthen the tooth enamel against decay.
Which Type of Chewing Gum Should I Choose?
When selecting chewing gum, look for the ADA Seal. Gum with the ADA Seal is sugarless and sweetened with non-cavity causing sweeteners. The ADA seal shows that the gum has met the ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. When gum (or another product) has the ADA seal, you can trust that it does what the packaging claims.
Does Chewing Gum That Contains Sugar Help My Smile?
Sugar-containing gum also increases saliva flow, but sugar is used by plaque to produce acids that cause decay. More research needs to be done to ascertain the effects of chewing gum that contains sugar on tooth decay.
Is Brushing & Flossing Still Needed?
Chewing sugarless gum should not replace brushing and flossing. The ADA and our dentist recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing once a day.
We encourage you to contact Smiley Dental Balch Springs at 972.913.0100 to learn more about the advantages of sugar-free gum in Balch Springs, Texas, and to set up an appointment with Dr. Lynh Pham.