It may surprise you to hear that chewing sugarless come can help prevent tooth decay. It’s true! Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent cavities.
How Does Chewing Gum Help My Smile?
Chewing sugarless gum increases the saliva flow. Increased saliva washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids in the mouth, and provides substances that fight diseases throughout the mouth. Saliva also carries calcium and phosphate, which strengthen the tooth enamel against decay.
Which Type of Chewing Gum Should I Choose?
When selecting chewing gum, look for the ADA Seal. Gum with the ADA Seal is sugarless and sweetened with non-cavity causing sweeteners. ADA-approved gum is sweetened by sweeteners that do not cause cavities, like aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol, or mannitol.
Does Chewing Gum That Contains Sugar Help My Smile?
Sugar-containing gum also increases saliva flow, but sugar causes tooth decay. More research needs to be done to discover the effects of chewing gum that contains sugar on tooth decay.
Is Brushing & Flossing Still Necessary?
Chewing sugarless gum should never replace brushing and flossing. The ADA and our fantastic dentist recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing once a day.
Feel free to call Innovative Dentistry at (702) 508-0191 today to learn more about sugar-free gum in Las Vegas, Nevada, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Catalano.