Have you ever heard that chewing gum can help your or your child’s smile? This is true in certain cases. But what determines whether chewing gum is helpful or detrimental to your smile? Our dentists and team are more than happy to guide you in this matter.
Chewing Gum With Sugar
If the chewing gum contains sugar, the sugar can react with the germs in the mouth to create cavity-causing acids. Sugar-filled gum can do a lot of damage to the teeth because gum doesn’t dissolve. Because of this, the sugars are in contact with the teeth for longer than most types of candy.
Sugar-Free Chewing Gum
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 in the mouth that cause cavities. So, to fully enjoy the advantages of chewing, 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 effective at preventing cavities if it contains a sugar substitute called Xylitol. This naturally occurring sweetener can reduce the amount of cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth. This means that your mouth can be a healthy place for your teeth.
We encourage you to call Signature Smiles at 512-308-0270 today to learn more about chewing gum and to set up an appointment with our dentists in Bastrop, Texas.