Big Red Tooth – Dr Candice Schwartz

Where teeth and health meet

The benefits of chewing gum

on June 4, 2012

I recommend my patients chew chewing gum between meals. And NOT sugary gums. It must be a sugar free chewing gum (usually they contain xylotol or another type of natural sweetener). Chewing gum changes the pH of your saliva. Bacteria thrive in an acidic environment and it is this acid that cause the dissolution of your teeth and ultimately leads to tooth decay. If the pH of your saliva becomes more alkaline, you are less likely to have bacteria living in your mouth and therefore less likely to have cavities.

The second benefit of chewing gum, is that it stimulates more saliva production. People who suffer with a dry mouth (or are mouth breathers) are more susceptible to tooth decay. So another effective strategy for reducing your risk of tooth decay is by bathing your teeth and mouth in a constant fresh flow of saliva.

And lastly, chewing gum mechanically removes excess plaque and food from the surfaces of your teeth. This is turn removes the decay causing bacteria from your teeth.

 

So carry a pack of sugar free gum in your pocket and chew in between meals!

 

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