Have you ever heard that chewing gum can help your smile? This is true in certain cases. But what determines whether gum is helpful or harmful to your smile? Our dentists and team are happy to guide you in this matter. The act of chewing gum is beneficial to your oral health. Chewing prompts saliva production. Saliva washes food particles from around the teeth and gums. Saliva also neutralizes the acids that cause cavities.
Chewing Gum With Sugar
If the chewing gum contains sugar, the sugar can react with the bacteria in the mouth to create acids that can cause cavities. Gum with sugar can do a lot of damage to the teeth because it doesn’t dissolve. Because of this, the sugars are in contact with the teeth for a longer period of time than most candy.
Sugarless Chewing Gum
To enjoy the benefits of chewing without the risk of cavities, chew sugarless gum. In addition to prompting saliva flow, sugarless gum can help clear away food particles, strengthen teeth, and reduce acid levels in your mouth.
Sugar-free chewing gum is even more efficient at preventing cavities if it contains a sweetener called Xylitol. This naturally occurring sweetener can reduce the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth.
Please contact Planet Smile at 512-989-3300 today to learn more about chewing gum and to schedule your next visit with our dentists in Pflugerville, Texas.