Chewing sugarless gum is one of the easiest ways to prevent and fight tooth decay, and we’re happy to tell you why!
Chewing is a motion that produces and creates saliva, and saliva is an extremely beneficial oral liquid that coats your smile and protects your teeth. While chewing, the saliva clears out all food remnants and other debris from your smile, which rids the bacteria and reduces the chances of tooth decay. Saliva also contains nutrients like fluoride, calcium, and phosphate, which all strengthen tooth enamel, making it even harder for tooth decay to form. Without saliva, your smile is vulnerable to many oral health problems, like tooth decay and gum disease.
Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating can reduce tooth decay. But, chewing gum should never replace your brushing, flossing, and rinsing techniques as well as your dental checkups. But, you can, however, increase your oral health and protection by chewing sugarless gum in addition to cleaning your smile each day and visiting your dentist. It is also important that you chew the right kind of gum. So, before you put the chewing stick into your mouth, make sure it’s sugarless and is approved by the American Dental Association.
Call our office today if you would like to learn more about chewing gum and tooth decay. We look forward to hearing from you!