Did you know that you can prevent tooth decay by chewing sugarless gum? Well, it’s true, and this is why!
Saliva is an extremely beneficial liquid that coats and protects your smile, and the best way to produce saliva is by chewing gum. The chewing motion creates more and more saliva with every chomp, and the more you chew, the better protected your smile becomes. Studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after you eat reduces tooth decay. The saliva created has the ability to:
• Clean your mouth by clearing all of the food remnants and debris
• Neutralize oral acids to help prevent the erosion of tooth enamel
• Eliminate bacteria to prevent tooth decay
• Strengthen tooth enamel
Without the proper amount of saliva flow, your smile is vulnerable to many dental problems, like gum disease, tooth decay, and other infections, which is why chewing gum is so beneficial! But, before you put the chewing stick inside your mouth, make sure it’s sugarless gum that has been approved by the American Dental Association. Yes, regular gum can still produce saliva, but it also fills your mouth with sugar, which is the element the bacteria use to erode teeth and create tooth decay. So, do your smile a favor and spend your days chewing sugarless, ADA-approved gum.
For more details and information, call our office now and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We look forward to teaching you all about tooth decay prevention and chewing gum!