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Gum Chewing: Good or Bad for you?

When we consider dental care and oral hygiene, there is a mystery surrounding chewing gum because here are several schools of thought that hold that it is harmful to your teeth, while others believe that the practice is actually helpful.

When you chew gum, there is an increase in the amount of saliva in your mouth. Studies have conclusively shown that saliva is helpful in protecting your teeth by cleaning them and strengthening your enamel. There is also an increase in size and strength of your salivary glands. Chewing gum sweetened by sugar, on the other hand, is harmful to your dental health. It is harmful in cases where you chew gum frequently because you repeatedly expose your teeth to sugar residue. It is also harmful if you have the tendency to remove gum from your mouth too soon. This is because you do not allow your salivary glands to produce sufficient saliva to rinse away the sugar. Sugar sweetened gum should therefore be chewed for at least 20 minutes to minimize its harmful effects.

Gum that has been sweetened with xylitol is the best because there is scientific evidence to suggest that it is effective in preventing the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Xylitol works by averting bacteria from sticking to your teeth, and in time, the number of bacterial agents in your mouth will have considerably reduced in number. This type of gum is highly recommended after meals because it also aids in washing away any food particles present. There is also a certain type of gum that contains milk proteins that are helpful in reversing the tooth decay process where a cavity has not yet formed.

Chewing gum should however, be avoided if you are suffering from Temporomandibular jaw disorders or experiencing any kind of pain in your jaws. In such instances, it is highly advisable to consult Redstone Dental Center about available options and take regular dental care

In conclusion, chewing sugar free gum is highly beneficial to your teeth because it brings overall improvement to your dental health. Chewing gum should not, however, substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth and regular visits to your dentists practice but should be done in moderation to augment other oral hygiene practices. You should, therefore, restrict yourself to chewing two pieces of gum two to five times in a day so that you can
reap its benefits and minimize exposure to any harmful effects.

If you have any tooth sensitivity, please give Dr. Bui at Redstone Dental Center a call and start your dental care routine today.

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