It may come as a surprise 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. Increased 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.
Does Chewing Gum That Contains Sugar Help My Smile?
Sugar-containing gum also increases saliva flow, but sugar is used by plaque bacteria 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 Necessary?
Chewing sugarless gum should never 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 Houston at 713.936.1923 today to learn more about the benefits of sugar-free gum in Houston, Texas, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pham.