Did you know that sugarless gum can help prevent cavities? According to numerous studies, chewing sugarless gum for at least 20 minutes after your meal can help prevent cavities. But how? The key is a very simple trick your body has for protecting your mouth and teeth: saliva.
By chewing sugarless gum, your mouth will be forced to create an excess amount of saliva to account for the substance in your mouth. Saliva, not the gum itself, is what actively fights cavities. Saliva can not only wash away harmful bacteria that cause plaque buildup, but it can even neutralize dangerous acids responsible for tooth erosion. Chewing regular gum can also promote saliva, of course, but the sugars in the gum feed the bacteria the saliva is trying to fight, negating the benefits of chewing gum. Thus, for the same reason that dry mouth symptoms can damage your teeth, gum can prevent cavities.
Chewing gum has other positive health benefits to the body. It has even been shown to help with the effects of heartburn! 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, they can also damage your teeth. Sugarless gum can help protect your teeth from the acids and even prevent heartburn from occurring.
For more information on simple practices you can integrate to avoid cavities, call Rodem Tree Dental at 972-475-2321. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Ellen Nam, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Rowlett, Texas. We are here to help you get the healthy smile of your dreams!