How Sugarless Gum Can Help Fight Cavities
By Roger B. Parkes, DMD on December 26, 2017
Did you know that if you chew sugar-free gum containing xylitol you are helping fight off cavities? A study by the American Dental Association (ADA) found that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent tooth decay. The reason why is pretty interesting.
The act of chewing increases your saliva, which is important for the health of your mouth. Saliva helps remove stuck food, creates disease-fighting substances and helps neutralize the acids in your mouth.
Chewing gum that contains sugar will increase saliva, but the sugar stays in your mouth for longer periods of time and can cause cavities. If you chew sugar-free gum that has ingredients such as xylitol or sorbitol, you are increasing the saliva in your mouth as well as not allowing sugar to damage your teeth.
You should remember that chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for brushing and flossing twice per day. Chewing sugarless gum can help you fight against cavities, but it is not enough to completely prevent decay or cavities from occurring.
If you would like to see which kinds of gum you should purchase, visit the ADA's "Seal of Approval" section to see what gum is beneficial to your oral health.