Believe it or not, your dentist approves of chewing gum for your dental health. Sugarless gum, of course! Consistently chewing gum can be an effective component of an overall oral health plan when done alongside daily brushing and flossing.
It is well-known that your mouth contains bacteria that can be converted into acid with the addition of sugar. This acid erodes the protective enamel of your teeth and hastens tooth decay. Chewing gum helps to increase saliva which immediately washes away any harmful sugary debris left over from eating and drinking, and it neutralizes harmful acids. The quicker you can remove these detrimental elements from your mouth, the better chance you have of eliminating tooth decay.
Apart from those benefits, chewing sugarless gum is also helpful for the prevention of heartburn–digestive stomach acids that travel back up the esophagus and into your mouth. There are also some dental scenarios when you cannot use products that have abrasives, like toothpaste. In these instances of sensitive teeth, sugarless chewing gum may be recommended.
Take note that there is no substitute for brushing and flossing. These are your greatest tools to fight cavities, but it is now OK to add gum chewing to your arsenal. Be sure to check the label so that you do not choose a gum high in sugar. There are many sugar-free gums available to choose from. You can ask your dentist which brand he suggests.
If you’d like more information, Dr. Milad Nourahmadi would be happy to answer your questions. Please contact Shining Smiles LLC to make an appointment at: 630-972-4010, or come by our office in Bolingbrook, Franklin Park, Joliet, Naperville, Plainfield, Riverside, and Wheaton, Illinois.