It may be the first time you’re hearing it, but chewing gum can actually be good for your oral health. Granted, not any old chewing gum will do – you’ll need a sugar-free variant of the gum for it to positively affect your oral hygiene. Even the American Dental Association (ADA) have their own seal of approval for a select number of chewing gum products. Interested? Check them out here.
Why is sugar harmful?
So, if you’re wondering how sugar-less gum is good for your teeth, it starts with the main part (or lack of) – no sugar. Sugar is a known causer of tooth decay. This is because of the thousands of bacteria found in the mouth feast on added sugar. It creates a chain reaction that ends up damaging the tooth’s surface over time.
When these bacteria consume the sugar in your mouth, they produce dangerous acids as a result. The outer layer of enamel, once damaged, does not grow back, meaning this is irreversible damage being done to your teeth. Cavities will also begin to develop in your teeth, and there is then a risk that the teeth can become painful and even fall out if left untreated.
What is sugarless gum beneficial?
When gum doesn’t have any added sugar content, this will actually help to prevent cavities from occurring. This is because the action of chewing gum helps to stimulate the mouth to produce more saliva. This results in the excess saliva helping to neutralise the negative effects that acid can have of the teeth.
The ADA’s seal of approval
If you want to start chewing gum for these benefits, make sure you choose a sugar-free label where it is clearly stated on the packaging. Alternatively, go with the ADA’s recommended seal of approval products. When given the ADA seal of acceptance, products are rigorously and effectively tested prior to this. Therefore, we strongly recommended you go with tried-and-tested products that have notable evidence to back them up.
As a further note, chewing gum may have its perks, but it is in no way a replacement for regular daily brushing, which should be done twice a day with a fluoride-based toothpaste. Only brushing and flossing will have the best benefits for your oral health, as it is the most effective method for reducing plaque build-up in and around the mouth.
Unsure about your dental health? Call your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic and we’ll be happy to help.