There are many ways you can protect and improve your dental health: brushing and flossing your teeth, rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash, regularly visiting the dentist, etc. However, did you know that chewing sugarless gum can also protect your dental health?
Studies show that when one chews sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal (when your teeth are most vulnerable to acid attack), then they reduce the risk for cavity development in their teeth. Why does this happen? Saliva production. Your saliva neutralizes acids, cleans away food, and brings in minerals that strengthen teeth. You can experience better dental health when you have more saliva in your mouth. This is why sugarless chewing gum is so beneficial. When you chew gum, then your mouth produces more saliva.
It is important to remember that even though chewing gum helps to protect the health of your smile, it does not replace the need for brushing and flossing your teeth. It is also important to remember to use sugarless gum that is sweetened with xylitol or sorbitol. These sweeteners do not feed the harmful plaque bacteria in your mouth, while gums containing sugar will and increase your risk for cavity development. Please contact our dental team at Lansdowne Dental Arts if you would like to learn more about how you can improve the health of your smile.