Many people chew gum on a regular basis. In fact, the average American consumes 1.8 pounds of gum each year. Often times, patients visit our office and ask us whether chewing gum can damage their teeth. They are usually surprised to learn that gum is actually good for their teeth.
Although you may chew gum that is designed to fight cavities, any chewing gum that is free of sugar can remove food particles from the surfaces of your teeth and prevent cavities. Chewing gum is also good for you because chewing stimulates saliva which can strengthen your teeth and lower the acidity levels in your mouth that may lead to cavities.
If you are in search for the very best gum to chew and improve your oral health, you should consider Xylitol gum. This type of gum is free of sugar and a natural sweetener that may reduce your cavity causing bacteria.
While you should ideally brush and floss your teeth after every meal, life is busy and we know this is not realistic. On days when you are unable to brush and teeth after eating, you can chew some Xylitol gum instead.
Contact Wainright & Wassel DDS
The next time you’re at the store and looking for some chewing gum, find out if there is any Xylitol or sugar free gum. If you have any questions related to chewing gum and oral health, you should reach out to Wainright & Wassel DDS today. Call us at 919.847.1322 for more information or to schedule an appointment.