It may come as a surprise to learn that chewing gum can help prevent cavities? You heard us right. Studies have shown that chewing gum for about 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. But why is that? Dr. David J. Harsant and our team are excited to give you some insights to chewing gum.
The reason why chewing gum can help your teeth is that it increases the flow of saliva. The act of chewing is a great way to increase the flow of saliva. The flow of saliva in the mouth helps clean the mouth of food particles and other debris. In addition, saliva neutralizes cavity-causing acids in the mouth.
To gain the full benefits of chewing gum, make sure that you choose gum that is sugar free. Although gum with sugar will still promote saliva flow, the sugars could be used by plaque to produce cavity-causing acids. This would counteract the benefits.
When choosing chewing gum, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to ensure that the gum is not only sugarless. The ADA Seal would also indicate that the gum is sweetened with sweeteners that don’t promote cavities.
Never let chewing sugar-free gum replace dental hygiene practices like brushing and flossing. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day.
We invite you to contact our office at 910.864.4646 today for more information and to schedule a visit with our doctor in Fayetteville, North Carolina.