There is some debate on whether or not chewing gum is good or bad for your teeth. Depending on the type of gum, the answer is that chewing gum is good for your teeth. However, there are some things you need to consider:
Type of Gum
The type of gum you chew can either be beneficial or detrimental to your oral health. Look for sugar-free gums that have the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance. With this seal present, you’ll know that scientists have evaluated the gum for safety and effectiveness, and also that any claims made on the gum’s packaging are true.
When it comes to benefits of chewing gum , it is true that chewing gum with sugar and sugar-free gums have the same effect of increasing saliva flow in the mouth. However, the gum with sugar added aid plaque and bacteria in producing the acids that can cause tooth decay. This basically cancels out any good benefits of chewing gum.
By chewing gum, you are increasing the flow of saliva in your mouth, which is particularly helpful after you eat. The increase in saliva can help to neutralize acids, which can help prevent tooth decay. Studies show that chewing gum for 20 minutes after meals is most effective.
Remember though that chewing gum is not a replacement for brushing and flossing. While chewing gum is a great substitute for brushing or flossing immediately after meals if you aren’t able to brush at that time, its important to remember to also brush and floss twice a day.
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