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Not All Chewing Gum is Bad For Your Oral Health

Mar 15 2018

Did you know that chewing certain kinds of gum can actually be beneficial to your dental health?

You want to look for sugar-free gum that uses either xylitol or sorbitol as an ingredient. Both of these are sugar substitutes that act more like an anti-sugar and can help prevent cavities. This is because the act of chewing stimulates your salivary glands. Saliva is the body’s natural defense against cavities and decay. If you chew gum with sugar, you will increase saliva but the sugars will mix with the saliva and harm your teeth.

Keeping your mouth healthy only takes a few minutes each day. Brushing and flossing are both important for keeping a healthy smile. Chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for proper dental health, but if you do chew gum be sure it contains xylitol or sorbitol.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently found that chewing sugarless gum following meals is beneficial to your oral health. You can read about their findings here.

Besides proper dental hygiene at-home, scheduling regular dental appointments are one of the best ways to maintain healthy gums and teeth. If you are in the Dayton, OH area and are due for a cleaning, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sato.

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