Why chewing gum might actually be good for your teeth

Gum has had a rollercoaster of a ride over the last century; first gum was seen as the food of miscreants, then it was given the cool stamp of approval when films like Grease featured it, so much so that the cast chewed their way through more than 100,000 pieces of gum during filming.

Whilst gum was considered cool many years ago, one thing that many people don’t associate it with are the health benefits.

As gum declines in popularity, could it be a mistake to opt for mints when gum can actually be good for your teeth?

So, why might chewing gum actually be good for your teeth?

Whilst chewing gum will never replace brushing your teeth twice a day, if used in conjunction with your regular oral care plan it can help prevent tooth decay and cavities.

When you chew gum, it causes your mouth to create more saliva, this will assist in breaking down the acid created when you eat.

The minerals in saliva can also assist in strengthening your tooth enamel; and did you know that tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body, even stronger than bones!

Chewing gum with xylitol has the ability to reduce the decay causing bacteria that can cling to your teeth and cause those nasty cavities.

Before you start reaching for the Hubba Bubba, it’s important to note that chewing gum that contains sugar can add to your chances of getting a cavity, however chewing sugar-free gum has the opposite effect. Please also be aware that if you have any jaw pain or issues, do not chew gum because it’s like your jaw ‘running a marathon’ and it may need some rest!

Protect your teeth

Chewing gum is a great way to freshen your breath and protect your teeth, and whilst it can never replace brushing your teeth twice daily, it is an easy way to keep those cavities at bay.

Advanced Dental Care Clinic advise regular check-ups to ensure your pearly whites are well looked after. Pop into our clinic in Oxenford, sit back, relax and our friendly team will take care of you.