Chewing gum has been a habit that millions of Americans have enjoyed for over a century. It has been used to break habits (e.g. smoking, biting fingernails), to relieve stress, and to freshen breath. Yet, there is another benefit to chewing gum that some people find hard to believe: it prevents cavities. You read that right! Chewing the right kind of gum can benefit the health of your teeth and protect your smile.
Chewing gum benefits the mouth by increasing saliva production. Now, many people overlook the importance of saliva – that is until they experience a severely dry mouth. Saliva keeps the mouth moist, and a moist mouth is less likely to develop cavities.
Every day there are millions of bacteria that call your mouth their home. These bacteria feed off the tiny particles left behind inside the mouth after eating or drinking anything other than water. As the bacteria congregate around the particles, they begin to produce acids to help break them down. Of course, acids are extremely corrosive and will eat their way through anything in their path. Inside your mouth, this would be your tooth enamel. Cavities are caused by acids eating holes in the teeth. It is important to note that oral bacteria are most attracted to particles that contain sugar. They will congregate in large quantities around sugar particles, creating small pools of acid that will cause damage to the teeth very quickly.
Saliva helps to rinse acid producing-bacteria away from the teeth and out of the mouth. It is vital to choose gum that is sugar-free so that you are not inviting sugars into the mouth for bacteria to feast upon. Gum that is laden with sugar only entices the already present bacteria to stick around and produce more acids – more destruction – inside the mouth.
At Prime Dental Care, we are here for all of your oral health needs. If you would like a recommendation of a sugar-free chewing gum, please contact our practice today. Of course, chewing gum should never be used as a replacement for flossing and brushing your teeth each day. Chewing gum is an added supplement that can help to prevent cavities in a tasty and easy manner.
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
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Princeton, NJ, 08540