Your dentist would love it if you could brush your teeth after every meal, but sometimes life just doesn’t allow for that. The next best thing is to take a drink of water and put a stick of sugar-free gum in your mouth. No, really, I mean it! Chewing gum actually helps protect your teeth.
What is it about the act of chewing gum that helps protect your teeth? The increased saliva that begins to flow when you chew gum helps neutralize the acids that occur naturally when bacteria break down your food. Higher concentrations of those acids actually wear down the enamel on your teeth, so a little extra saliva does your teeth a big favor. Not only does chewing gum increase saliva flow which neutralizes acids, but this can also help prevent tooth decay.
It is important to note that chewing gum does not replace brushing or flossing after a meal. Chewing sugar-free gum can, however, provide your teeth with a great service when brushing is not an option. It is also important to point out that not all chewing gums are created equally. In addition to selecting a sugar-free, variety, you should seek out chewing gums that have been found scientifically to reduce plaque acids, cavities, and gingivitis, or those that promote remineralization of your tooth enamel.
Carefully selecting sugar-free gum and chewing it for approximately 20 minutes after a meal can significantly improve your oral hygiene. Here at Toluca Dental Care we are happy to make recommendations about the sugar-free chewing gum options that have our dentists’ stamp of approval. Give us a call at 818-760-9912 and start chewing those acids away!