Chewing gum is one of the most popular items bought in America. But aside from helping your breath freshen up, is it good for your teeth? That’s a question we hear often, and one that needs to be answered.
If you’re an avid gum chewer, you may be surprised to discover that there can actually be quite a few benefits to chewing gum on a regular basis. So the short answer is that no, chewing gum may not be bad for your teeth. But let’s take a deeper look at it so you can understand how it can actually benefit your teeth.
Increased saliva production
Chewing gum increases the amount of saliva your mouth produces. At first, you might wonder how that’s a good thing. You don’t want to be drooling all the time, right?
Well, when you increase saliva production, you’re helping your mouth better fight plaque buildup, which can strengthen your teeth and reduces tooth decay. Saliva plays a very important, prominent role in helping you obtain great oral health.
The only gum certified by the American Dental Association is gum sweetened without sugar. And that makes sense, because you may not want something sugary in your mouth, all around your teeth, for as long as we usually tend to chew gum. That’s just asking for a cavity. Sugarfree gum can taste great and won’t harm your teeth. In fact, it’ll help promote better overall oral health.
Here at Harmony Family Dental in Spokane, Washington, we are dedicated to helping you have great oral health. Call us today at 509-467-1562 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Debra Craig.