It may come as a surprise to hear that chewing sugarless come can help prevent cavities. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay.
How Does Chewing Gum Help My Smile?
Chewing sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva. Increased saliva washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids in the mouth, and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth.
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 increases saliva flow as well, 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 your teeth. The ADA and our dentist suggest that you brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and floss once a day.
We encourage you to contact Smiley Dental Skillman at 214.367.6213 today for more information about the benefits of sugar-free gum in Dallas, Texas, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruby Pandey.