Keeping your smile happy and healthy can sometimes be easier said than done. With bacteria and plaque build up contributing to tooth decay, it can be hard to know which foods to stay away from. Teeth are strong however, and oftentimes just need to be helped along by what we consume, along with daily oral hygiene to keep a healthy smile. In this regard, a commonly asked question is if chewing gum is good for your teeth?
At Spring Valley Dental Care, Dr. William Boyer and his team provide clients the answers they are looking for, as well as the happy smile they deserve. We offer the best tips, trick and insights on chewing gum, its benefits, and types of gum you should avoid. Take a look below.
Effects of Chewing Gum on Teeth
One of the main concerns over chewing gum is the sugar it contains. Chewing gum tends to be enjoyed over period of time, often leaving the sugar and other flavorings sitting on the teeth until the next meal when teeth are usually brushed thereafter.
While there is some concern over the actual chewing motion, most studies have shown that the act of chewing stimulates saliva production, which helps break down bacteria and other food particles stuck in between teeth.
So while the motion in itself may not pose a threat to the breakdown and decay of teeth, what can be done about the sugar left on teeth? Chewing for short amounts of time can cut down the amount of sugar secreted between teeth. Brushing after chewing gum is another option. However, one of the best cures is it chew ADA-approved gum.
Types of Chewing Gums
Sugarless gum has been the number one recommended alternative for those concerned with the effects of chewing gum on their teeth. These options are often flavored organically, still giving users the same taste but without the limitations other, artificially flavored gums pose.
Not only will this keep sugar off your teeth, but it will also stimulate saliva production which will help break down any other particles left in your teeth that could cause similar decay.
Other options include chewing Xylitol-based gum. This has the added benefits of containing ingredients that increase salivary flow as well as reduce decay-causing bacteria. Xylitol stunts the cavity causing process by preventing bacteria from adhering to the tooth.
With the multiple options and flavors that come from sugar-free and bacteria-fighting chewing gum, you do not have to give up something you enjoy.
Should You Chew
In short, chewing gum can be beneficial for your overall health, so long as it’s sugar free. Moreover, gums with xylitol is going to most effective in fighting decay. Of course, it should never replace your daily oral hygiene regimen. In other words, chewing sugarless gum is best when you can’t brush after a meal.
Contact Spring Valley Dental Care Today
If you are interested learning what type of chewing gum is right for you, or just want to work on a healthy smile with Spring Valley Dental Care, contact us today! You can also schedule a visit at our Spring Valley, CA office by calling us at 619-670-4471.