Have you ever wondered if chewing gum truly is good for our teeth? Even though there is some truth to the matter, it is in many ways dependent upon which type of chewing gum you are using. For example, studies have indeed shown that chewing gum for about 20 minutes after meals can help in the prevention of cavities. However, it is recommended that you use sugarless chewing gum because although regular chewing gum may also help, the addition of enamel-eating sugars in the product cancels out any benefits to be had.
Chewing gum works by triggering your mouth to produce excess saliva. Saliva in your mouth can help rinse away food particles and bacteria and it can neutralize harmful acids that can help promote dental erosion, which is a process that wears away the tooth enamel on your teeth. However, chewing gum to protect your smile should never be used as a total replacement for traditional oral health care routines such as brushing twice daily and flossing once daily.
Another key feature that chewing sugarless gum can provide is in the regulation of heartburn. Even though there are better treatments, sugarless gum is a good cleaning product to use if you are worried about harmful acids traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. These acids can damage your teeth and gums and should be nullified and neutralized as soon as possible. By chewing sugarless gum, your mouth can create extra saliva to wash away these acids.
No matter the oral health care cleaning you desire, Dr. Scott Timmons and our team at Wyoming Family Dental are here to give you the smile you want. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Wyoming, Minnesota, please contact us at 651-462-5150 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to upgrading your smile!