Does Chewing Gum Really Fight Cavities?
Chewing gum has been around for more than 100 years here in America as a candy treat that many people have found as a habit they enjoy. Sugar free gum has been advertised for decades as being a great way to ward off cavity development, but is that actually true?
Chewing gum is not a habit that all people enjoy, but for those who do it is encouraging to know that chewing gum can, in fact, help fight against cavity development. Chewing gum helps to increase the amount of saliva that is produced inside the mouth. This extra production of saliva helps to cleanse the mouth so that bacteria do not linger longer than they should. The bacteria within the mouth are dangerous to oral health. These bacteria have the role of helping to break down food particles that are left behind after eating and drinking, which should be helpful. However, as the bacteria go to work to break down particles, they begin producing acids to help them work faster and harder. All types of acid are notorious for eating through anything that is in their path. Inside your mouth this would be your tooth enamel and gum tissues.
Chewing gum increases the amount of saliva that your mouth produces and helps to wash away the bacteria from the mouth before they begin doing damage. Chewing gum also helps those who suffer from frequent dry mouth. A dry mouth and oral bacteria make a dangerous combination because the bacteria will become hardened on the teeth. This can cause a quick onset of cavities and decay, chewing gum helps protect the teeth by keeping them moist so that bacteria do not adhere to the teeth.
Of course, choosing the appropriate type of gum to chew is essential. Bacteria are most attracted to sugars in the foods, snacks, and beverages that you consume. Chewing gum that is laden with sugar only encourage bacteria to congregate in larger amounts and produce high quantities of acid. Sugar-free chewing gum is the best choice to help people fight off cavities.
At Springhurst Hills Dentistry, we can help you make the best choice for what type of gum to chew. Contact us today!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Lan Tran, Springhurst Hills Dentistry
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