Chewing gum has been around a long time as a popular habit. Early man (and woman) used tree sap as chewing gum in ancient times. Today, we have improved the recipe with multiple flavors, elastomers, resins and waxes.
Nowadays, many people are under the impression that gum is a type of candy, and don’t always think of it in terms of a harmless or even helpful dental product. After all, everybody knows that sugar is harmful to teeth, right? Would it surprise you to learn that your dentist wants you to chew gum? It’s true! Sugarless gum chewing has been approved by dentists as a valuable tool in protecting teeth. Here’s how.
As you’ve probably realized, your saliva helps keep your mouth moistened. Saliva is triggered when we eat, allowing us to break down, wash away, and more easily swallow food. Saliva is also a neutralizing agent against acids that erode tooth enamel. Stimulating saliva flow is a good thing, and chewing gum does this.
Chewing gum fights tooth decay by increasing the saliva that decreases the acids, sugars, and bacteria in your mouth that comes in contact with your teeth. A European study showed that chewing sugarless gum along with regular use of fluoride toothpaste reduced cavities in 5th graders by 42% as compared to the control group that did not chew sugarless gum.
If you want more information about gum disease, Dr. David Powell would be happy to help you. Please contact All Care Dentistry to make an appointment at: 801-266-1414, or come by our office in Murray, Utah.