Foods can be helpful or detrimental to your teeth and gums depending on the type. What about gum? It’s not exactly food, but it warrants a further look. Gum, after all, is something you chew and remains in your mouth for an extended period. If you’re a gum chewer, then you should know about the correlation between chewing gum and dental health. Many general dentists actually recommend it.
Why Chew Gum for Better Dental Health?
Chewing gum has an assortment of benefits, and the studies back up these claims. The chewing motion stimulates the flow of saliva. This is one of the body’s most powerful natural defenses against plaque. Also, xylitol, the primary ingredient in sugarless gum, is not fermentable by oral bacteria. Furthermore, chewing gum for just 20 minutes a day helps neutralize acid buildup from acidic foods, such as citrus fruits. It also helps neutralize high-phosphorus foods, such as beer, which can be just as damaging.
It goes without saying that you should opt for the sugarless variety. You should also opt for a brand approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). The Organization’s ADA logo will be on the front of the packaging.
Who Should not Chew Gum?
Even with the benefits, though, chewing gum is not recommended for everyone. If you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or jaw pain), then too much chewing can exacerbate the pain. You should also refrain from gum if you wear braces or Invisalign. You may, however, opt for Aligner Chewies, which is just as effective for stimulating saliva.
Are You Due for a Checkup?
Gum chewer or not, you still need to see your dentist. Make an appointment with Silver Firs Dental. Aside from a routine examination, our dentists also provide helpful tips on how to better care for your teeth and gums at home. There’s a connection between chewing gum and dental health, so consider making sugarless chewing gum a part of your oral care routine.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Professionally & Locally Operated Dentists Office in Everett
Everett, Silver Lake, Mill Creek, Bothell & Snohomish