Edmond Dentist: The Benefits of Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
Human Beings have been chewing gum since ancient times. The ancient Greeks chewed the sap from the Mastic tree, the Mayans liked chewing the sap of the Sapodilla tree, and the Native American’s, in the area we call New England, chewed Spruce tree sap, later passing on the habit to European settlers. Your Edmond Dentist is thankful we don’t chew tree sap today, but chewing gum is still incredibly popular. Many people chew gum as a mean to freshen their breath after a meal but the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum can be scientifically proven, with many sugar-free brands receiving the seal of approval from the American Dental Association.
What are the benefits of chewing gum?
There’s more than one benefit to chewing gum. The physical act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in most people. When you chew sugar-free gum after a meal the increased flow of saliva will help wash away food debris and dietary acids that get created when food is broken down by the bacteria on your teeth. If left unchecked these acids can break down the enamel on your teeth, this is what will frequently cause cavities and tooth decay. With the increased saliva caused by chewing gum also comes more calcium and phosphate that strengthens the tooth enamel, so not only does it negate the dietary acids it also benefits your teeth. When choosing a gum you’ll want to look for ones that have the ADA seal of approval, some of these may also have active agents that will help to remineralize your teeth and reduce decay.
Can you replace brushing your teeth with chewing gum?
Your Edmond Dentist says absolutely not, there is no substitute for brushing and flossing. Your Edmond Dentist recommends that your brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once.