People have been chewing gum for hundreds of years. Resin and latex from some trees are part of the natural progression of people’s desire for something to chew on. This little activity not only satisfies your sweet cravings; it also gives you something to do as you wait in line or walk down the street.
But like any type of sweets, people concerned with their oral health yet love gum ask the question, ‘to chew or not to chew gum?
Fortunately for gum lovers, dentists support the occasional gum. In fact, the British Dental Association recognises Wrigley’s Orbit as a promoter of oral health. When you chew gum, especially after meals, you generate enough saliva that washes the acids away. This helps prevent plaque development and cavities.
When it comes to chewing your favourite gum, the type you chew makes an entire difference. Gum containing sugar increases cavity development, which is why you should resort to sugar-free gums.
Chewing sugar-free gums after meals rinses off and neutralises acids, which are harmful to your teeth. The gum’s artificial sweeteners combined with the act of chewing encourage ten times the normal rate of saliva. The increased saliva flow washes off food particles and helps keep your teeth clean.
Sugar-free gum sweetened with Xylitol also inhibits the growth of oral bacteria that causes cavities. With xylitol, bacteria cannot affect your teeth. Xylitol use discourages the development of different bacteria types in the mouth.
While gum chewing offers numerous benefits to your oral health, there are some cases where dentists would recommend against it. If you are suffering from Temporomandibular disorder symptoms (TMJ/TMD) or any type of jaw pain, you should not chew gum. Your dentist will recommend other options to satiate your gum chewing needs.
Also, gum chewing should not serve as a replacement or substitute for brushing and flossing. Always brush your teeth twice a day and follow that with floss.
For most people, sugar-free gums are preventative measures that care for your oral health. Still, gum should never replace good oral practices.
At Aesthetic Smiles, we help you develop good dental hygiene and also provide professional dental services. Love your teeth more and get in touch with us now.Back to Latest News
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