Did you know that sugarless gum can help clean your teeth? Numerous studies report that chewing sugarless gum for at least 20 minutes after your meal can indeed help prevent cavities. But how does it work? The key is very simple: gum tricks your body into producing more saliva.
Have you ever noticed how much wetter your mouth feels with gum? And saliva, not the gum itself, is what actively fights cavities. Saliva washes away harmful bacteria that causes plaque buildup and even neutralizes the hazardous acids accountable for tooth erosion. Chewing regular gum promotes saliva to the same degree that sugarless gum does, but the sugars in the normal gum feed the bacteria the saliva is trying to fight, negating the benefits of chewing gum. That’s why you’ll want to make sure that the package says the gum is sugarless.
Chewing gum has other positive physical health effects. It even helps with heartburn! Heartburn happens when acids from the stomach journey up the esophagus, slowly wearing out the tissues in the throat. If the acids reach your mouth, they can also damage your teeth. Sugarless gum can help protect your teeth from those acids and even prevent heartburn from happening.
Would you like some more tips on preventing cavities? Call Huthwaite & Huthwaite, D.M.D., PC at 770-536-8868. If you would like an oral exam and cleaning from Dr. Lance W. Huthwaite, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Gainesville, Georgia. We love to see you!