Do you like to chew gum? Have your ever wondered what it might be doing to your teeth? Well, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), “clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.”
While chewing sugarless gum isn’t a substitute for flossing and brushing, experts agree that it’s a good way to supplement your dental care. Here is what your Century City cosmetic dentist wants you to know about chewing sugarless gum.
Overview of Chewing Gum
According to history, people have chewed on different substances, from birch bark tar to mastic tree resin, for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until 1848 that John B. Curtis created the first commercial chewing gum named The State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum. Less than 20 years later Mexican chicle entered the scene, and the chewing gum industry was well on its way.
Whether you chew gum to eliminate bad breath, help you quit smoking, or for pure enjoyment, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist knows that chewing sugarless gum may offer dental benefits.
Specifically, chewing gum reduces the odds you’ll develop cavities. In particular, gums that include Xylitol, a natural substance used as a sugar substitute, reduce the level of bacteria in your mouth. Additionally, chewing gum increases saliva. Increased saliva lowers the amount of sugar and food deposits left on your teeth decreasing the potential for dental issues.
However, chewing sugarless gum is not without risks. It can stick to braces, fillings, bridges, and dental crowns. For those with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), the constant chewing may aggravate the situation. Finally, to derive the benefits of chewing gum it’s important to remember to chew sugar-free gum.
Chew the Right Sugarless Gum
Your Century City cosmetic dentist suggests that when choosing the right gum for you it’s important to find one with the ADA Seal. To earn the seal, the gum must be “safe to oral tissues” Additionally, there must be scientific proof that the product reduces plaque acids, promotes remineralization of tooth enamel, reduces cavities, and/or reduces gingivitis.
The ADA only awards sugarless gum with the Seal. Finding the ADA Seal on gum means it is safe and effective.
Regardless of whether you chew sugarless gum or not, your Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist reminds you that it’s important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Additionally, make sure to get regular dental checkups from your dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.