Did you know that chewing gum can help prevent cavities? That’s right. Studies have shown that chewing gum for about 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. But why is that? Dr. Allen Daniels and our team are happy to share some helpful information about chewing gum.
Chewing gum can increase the flow of saliva, which is why it can help your dental health. The act of chewing is a great way to increase the flow of saliva. The flow of saliva in the mouth helps clean the mouth of food particles and other debris. In addition, saliva neutralizes cavity-causing acids in the mouth.
In order to gain the full benefits of chewing gum, make sure that you choose a sugar-free type. Although gum with sugar will still help with saliva flow, the sugars are used by plaque to produce cavity-causing acids.
When choosing chewing gum, look for the ADA Seal to ensure that the gum is not only sugar free, but sweetened with sweeteners that don’t cause cavities.
Chewing gum can supplement your dental hygiene. Never let chewing sugarless gum replace oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once every day.
We welcome you to contact Bright Dental at 812-656-8888 today to learn more and to set up a visit with our dentist in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.