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4 Ways Sugar Free Gum is Good for Your Teeth

Wednesday April 23, 2014 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

There has been much debate on whether chewing gum is any good for our oral health or not. While some say it should be avoided, there is research that says chewing gum can actually contribute to plaque reduction and overall beneficial effects oral hygiene. However to reap the benefits sugar free gum should be the chewing gum of choice which doesn’t have any of the added sweeteners that can lead to tooth decay. Below are four possible benefits of sugar-free gum.

Whiter Teeth

With white teeth being sought after now more than ever many chewing gums have a whitening claim. Though gum won’t lighten the color of your teeth the way whitening strips or professional whitening will they may help to reduce any stain build up. Smoking, drinking red wine and coffee are all guilty of leaving stains behind so chewing gum afterwards may help.

Help with Bad Breath And Dry Mouth

Bad breath and dry mouth are often times caused by a reduction in saliva flow. Sugar free gum can help your mouth produce more saliva, which can alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth and bad breath.

Wards Off Dental Erosion

The increased flow of saliva can also help reduce the effects of dental erosion. Dental erosion is caused by acids in the things we eat and drink such as citrus fruit, sodas, or fruit juices. Chewing sugar free gum for 20 minutes after eating or drinking anything acidic can help replace minerals in the enamel more quickly.

Great For In-between Brushing

As mentioned, after eating your teeth are more at risk of acidic attacks. The acid is produced by plaque and/or sugars from your food or drinks. Chewing sugar-free gum helps protect your teeth and gums in between meals when it may not be possible to brush with a toothbrush.

Rest assured that chewing sugar-free gum has many more health benefits than it does health risks. Therefore, there is no reason to give up the chewing habit. Just be sure that you’re not using it as a substitute for keeping up with your oral health. Happy chewing!