Many people would love to know a simple way to improve their oral health. Brushing your teeth morning and night and flossing once daily are a given. However, did you know that chewing gum can help your oral health? If the chewing gum is sugar-free, it can help prevent cavities.
Studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for at least 20 minutes after meals can lessen the risk of tooth decay. This may come as a surprise to you. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth, which in turn helps to clear out food particles and plaque. The increase of saliva can help prevent tooth enamel erosion by aiding in neutralizing cavity-causing acids. In addition, the extra saliva strengthens the tooth enamel because it contains nutrients like fluoride, calcium, and phosphates.
The act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. Make sure that you chew sugarless chewing gum if you would like to reap the full benefits. Chewing gum that contains sugar will also increase the saliva flow in your mouth, but the sugar present counteracts the benefits.
Dr. Chen, Dr. Chen, and our team stress that chewing gum should not replace brushing and flossing your teeth. Instead, chewing gum can be an extra protection for your teeth.
Our dentists and team in Glendale, California, invite you to contact our office today at 818-502-1991 to learn more and to schedule your next reservation.