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Does Chewing Gum Prevent Cavities?

Posted on 6/6/2022 by Office
Does Chewing Gum Prevent Cavities?Many people place chewing gum under the candy section and therefore avoid it when they are trying to maintain good oral health. If you love chewing gum, here is the good news for you. Not all gums are harmful. There is a sugar free gum that has some oral health benefits. As the name suggests, this is a gum that does not have sugar, sugar substitutes are used to add taste.

Benefits of Sugar Free Gum

Chewing gum boosts production of saliva which neutralizes acids, wash away food particles and contain substances that fight diseases. Xylitol, an ingredient in gum, helps to reduce the bacteria found in plaque that causes cavities. Also, the naturally occurring sweetener in gum neutralizes acid hence protecting the enamel from erosion.

Tips for Choosing a Tooth-friendly Gum

Choose a saliva stimulating flavor. Saliva have benefits on oral health, therefore, flavors that will increase its flow like strawberry, apple and watermelon are the best. Other flavors like cinnamon and mint help to lower acidity in your mouth.

Avoid gums with citric acid. These will increase acidity in your mouth creating a good environment for bacteria to thrive. The acid can also wear out your tooth enamel.

Look for sugar substitutes that kill bacteria. There are sugar substitutes used to sweeten sugar free gum. Xylitol which kills bad bacteria in your mouth is one of these substitutes. Another good substitute is Erythritol.

The best time to chew gum is after meals or after having a sugary drink. Sugar free gum is good for your oral health and it helps prevent cavities. However, you still have to follow dental hygiene practices because chewing gum is not enough to maintain good oral health. Visit our clinic for more information or call us to schedule an appointment.
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