There are many ways you can protect your smile from cavities, and chewing sugarless gum is one of them!
Studies have shown that if you chew sugarless gum for 20 minutes after you eat, you will reduce the chances of tooth decay. Chewing gum can clean your mouth and free the food remnants stuck in your smile, neutralize acids that tend to erode tooth enamel, and eliminate the bacteria that creates tooth decay. All of this is possible because of the saliva you create while you chew the gum. Saliva is an extremely beneficial liquid that coats and protects your smile. With its many nutrients, like calcium, fluoride, and phosphates, the tooth enamel will be strengthened, which helps prevent tooth decay. Without saliva, your smile is vulnerable to tooth decay, gum disease, and other infections.
Yes, chewing sugarless gum does prevent cavities, but it should never replace your brushing, flossing, and rinsing techniques. You should also make sure to chew sugarless gum that has been approved by the American Dental Association. With the ADA stamp of approval, you know that your stick of gum has met the criteria for safety and effectiveness. And yes, traditional, sugary gum can indeed produce saliva as well, but the sugar the gum sends into your mouth is great ammo for the bacteria that lives in your smile. With access to the sugar, the bacteria have a better chance at eroding and decaying your teeth, which is why we strongly recommend chewing sugarless gum.
Find out more about tooth decay and chewing gum by calling our office and talking to a member of our team. We are more than happy to teach you everything you need to know about preventing cavities!