If you like chewing gum, we have some good news!
The American Dental Association (ADA) has found that chewing sugarless gum following a meal for 20 minutes can actually help keep your teeth protected from cavities.
The reason for this is due to the fact that the act of chewing increases saliva. Saliva is our bodies natural cavity fighter. Chewing gum increases saliva, but, if it contains sugar, the sugar will mix with your saliva and can harm your teeth. Sugarless gum that contains a sugar substitute, such as xylitol, will increase your saliva without the harmful sugars.
It is important to keep in mind that this is not a substitute for brushing and flossing. Chewing sugarless gum may help protect your teeth, but proper dental hygiene and visits to the dentist are the best ways to keep a healthy mouth.
Be sure to visit the ADA’s “Seal of Acceptance” section to see which brands of gum are beneficial to your oral health.