If you are a lover of chewing gum, use this to your advantage! You may be surprised to learn that chewing gum can benefit your dental health. Keep in mind that in order to reap the full benefits, you should choose sugarless gum. Dr. Ahmad Momani and our team are eager to go over some of the advantages of chewing sugar-free gum with you.
Dry mouth is a condition in which not enough saliva is produced in the mouth. This can cause discomfort when eating, swallowing and speaking. Perhaps even more important is that dry mouth can increase the risk of cavities, as saliva is your mouth’s natural cleaner.
Chewing causes your salivary glands to produce saliva. Because of this, chewing gum can be a great tool in combating dry mouth. Keep in mind that chewing sugarless gum is best, as the sugar in regular gum can cause cavities.
Tooth Decay Prevention
Again, the act of chewing gum can increase saliva flow. As previously mentioned, saliva is the mouth’s natural cleaner. It washes away bacteria and food debris that can cause tooth decay. Because of this, chewing sugarless gum can help prevent cavities. We recommend that you chew gum for at least 20 minutes after eating to help cleanse your mouth. Of course, this does not replace brushing and flossing your teeth.
We invite you to contact Modesto Dental Group at 209-527-3990 today to learn more about the advantages of chewing sugarless gum and to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Modesto, California.