Chewing gum has been around for centuries and is used today by people for a variety of different reasons. There is always the reason of freshening the breath after potent meal, relieving stress at work, or as a means of replacing cigarettes. However, another reason for chewing gum is that it can help fight cavities from developing within your mouth. Not all gum is created equally, however, so it is important to make a wise decision regarding what type of gum you will chew.
One of the greatest benefits of chewing gum is the extra production of saliva that occurs. Saliva is necessary for washing away excess bacteria from the teeth. Bacteria are constantly present inside the mouth to help break down particles of food that are left behind after eating and drinking anything other than water. As these bacteria go to “work,” however, they begin to produce acids to make the job go faster. All acids, including those produced inside the mouth, are notorious for eating their way through whatever is in their path – this being your tooth enamel. Acids are responsible for creating holes in the teeth, known as cavities.
Knowing what type of gum to chew for cavity fighting benefits is extremely important. If you choose to chew gum that is laden with sugar, you are not doing your mouth any favors – in fact, you are actually promoting the production of cavities. You are introducing harmful sugar particles to your mouth, and the bacteria will congregate them around them in large numbers and produce substantial amounts of damaging acids. Sugar-free chewing gum is the best chewing gum for your mouth. The ingredient Xylitol is known to kill types of oral bacteria, making it beneficial to your mouth so that these bacteria do not cause harm to your teeth.
At the dental practice of Dona W. Prince, DDS, we want to help all patients achieve a healthy smile that will last for years to come. While nothing should ever be used as a replacement for flossing and brushing, adding sugar free gum to your daily habits can fight cavities and promote a healthy mouth. Contact our practice today for recommendations for the best chewing gum available.
Posted on behalf of Dona W. Prince, DDS
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Dona W. Prince, DDS
Sioux City, IA 51106