Chewing Gum, Thoughts To Chew On
Who doesn’t love to chew gum? It’s loved by many yet has also had some that thought otherwise. Chewing gum is typically placed in the candy category but it now may have some dental benefits.
Did you know?
Did you know that chewing gum increases salivary flow? When gum is chewed after eating this increase in salivary flow has been shown to help wash away & neutralize the acids causes by the breakdown of foods that take place in the mouth. This acid over time can cause a breakdown in the enamel leaving the tooth susceptible to decay. It’s recommended to chew sugarless gum for the benefit and to not expose the teeth to sugar which is found to cause cavities.
You can’t replace brushing and flossing with chewing sugarless gum.
Wouldn’t it be nice and easy to just chew on some gum instead of the recommended daily oral home care? Well, it’s just not that easy. Chewing gum if sugarless and those stamped with an ADA Seal of Acceptance do have benefits, but nothing can substitute daily flossing and brushing properly.
The next time you reach for a pack of gum at the store check and see if it has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Also make sure the gum is sugarless and if you suffer from TMJ issues chewing gum is not for you. Premier Dentistry in Charlotte, NC looks forward to providing dental care to you and your family. Give us a call today to schedule your dental appointment 704-419-8168.