How Does Sugarless Gum Help Prevent Cavities?

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Did you know that sugar-free gum can prevent cavities? According to numerous studies done on the subject, chewing sugarless gum after a meal for at least 20 minutes helps prevent cavities. But how? The truth is that the cavity-fighters that allow this to occur are not from the sugarless gum itself, but rather the process it creates inside your mouth.

By chewing sugarless gum, your mouth will be forced to create extra saliva. It is the saliva, not the gum, that actively fights cavities. It’s your mouth’s natural defence! For the same reason that dry mouth symptoms can damage your teeth, gum can help your teeth. Saliva not only washes away harmful bacteria that cause plaque, but it can even neutralize dangerous acids responsible for tooth decay. Chewing regular gum can also promote saliva, but the sugars in the gum feed the very bacteria the saliva is trying to wash away–negating the benefits of gum-chewing. Stick with sugar-free gum with the ADA Seal of Approval to make sure you are getting a product that does what it says it will do–help YOU fight cavities!

Chewing gum has even been shown to combat the effects of heartburn. An occurance not usually associated with oral health, heartburn is caused by acids from the stomach traveling up the esophagus and slowly wearing away these tissues. However if the acids reach your mouth, can also damage your teeth! Sugarless gum can help protect your teeth from the acids and sometimes even prevent heartburn from occurring.

Our team at Bella Dental specializes in a variety of dentistry procedures to suit all your needs. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Roderick S. Cooper, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Tucker, Georgia. We can be reached at 770-212-9757. We are here to help you get the smile of your dreams!