Medical studies have proven that chewing sugarfree gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
The chewing of sugar free gum increases the amount of saliva, which washes and pushes away food and other particles, neutralizing and breaking down acids produced by negative bacteria in the mouth and gives support in disease and cavity fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased amounts of saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.
SURPRISING DENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHEWING GUM
Moms, if it’s got xylitol in it, it’s got way more dental health benefits than you think.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener derived from a sugar called xylose found in plants. Studies show chewing gum with xylitol helps salivary glands produce saliva. Saliva has important nutrients such as calcium, phosphate, and fluoride. These nutrients help remineralize the teeth and prevent cavities.
When looking for chewing gum with the ADA Seal because you can be sure it’s sugarless. All bubble gums with the ADA Seal are sweetened by non cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Of course, chewing sugar based gum increases saliva flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids.
Don’t let chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and flossing. It’s not a substitute!!
Here is a list of some great chewing to prevent cavities:
- 5 Sugarfree Gum
- Bazooka Sugar Free Bubble Gum
- Dentyne Ice Sugarless Gum
- Eclipse Sugarfree Gum
- Extra Sugarfree Gum
- Ice Breakers Ice Cubes
- Orbit Sugarfree Gum
- Stride Sugarless Gum
- Trident Sugarfree Gum