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Chewing gum helps keep teeth healthy

Posted on April 23 by

Chewing gum helps keep teeth healthy

The physical act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. If you chew after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Over time, acid can break down tooth enamel, creating the conditions for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 15 minutes after eating food can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum that delivers some therapeutic agents that could provide additional benefits to those provided by the ability of gum to mechanically stimulate saliva flow. For instance, some gum might contain active agent and are sweetened with xylitol, an alcohol that reduces bacteria.

You should avoid fruit flavoured chewing gums though.

Chewing gum does not replace brushing and flossing !!, chewing gum is an adjunct to brushing and flossing, but not a substitute for either. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day with dental floss or other interproximal dental cleaners.