Your dentist can confirm that chewing sugarless gum is actually beneficial to your teeth, and is a great addition to your dental health routine. It’s been around longer than you probably realize. In ancient times, people made chewing gum out of tree sap. Over the years, improvements have been made in the taste and other properties of chewing gum.
Many people think that chewing gum is nothing more than another type of candy. Those people may be surprised to discover that many dentists recommend chewing sugarless gum as a supplement to your oral health routine. In fact, chewing sugarless gum has a number of benefits.
Saliva plays an important role in your oral health. Saliva hydrates your mouth and helps you to chew, swallow, and speak. It also helps to keep your teeth clean. Saliva washes away the food debris in your mouth. It also combats the bacteria and acids that contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum stimulates your saliva production which benefits your teeth. According to a study done in Europe, chewing sugarless gum along with regular use of fluoride toothpaste reduced cavities in 5th graders by 42 percent.
If you want more information about ways to improve and maintain your oral health, our dentist, Dr. Mehrdad Safavian can be happy to tell you more. You can contact Capitol Square Dental by calling 614-763-6460, to schedule an appointment at our office in Columbus, Ohio.