Chewing sugarless gum can be useful for your teeth in several ways. At Hout Bay Dental Studio, we want our patients to know how to keep their smiles healthy when they aren’t near a toothbrush, and chewing gum can be the answer.

A recent study done in China showed how frequent gum chewing is associated with higher saliva flow, and more saliva means fewer cavities. Saliva is an essential component in a healthy mouth – it helps wash away food and bacteria and also helps remineralize the teeth, which strengthens them against decay.

Most people who suffer from dry mouth also have high rates of gum disease and tooth decay because of the reduced saliva flow.

Sugarless gum, especially gum sweetened with xylitol has been shown to benefit oral health. The xylitol, a type of artificial sweetener, not only helps avoid sugar but has been shown to inhibit the growth of certain types of oral bacteria.

Try chewing sugarless gum after meals or snacks. It is also good to get chewing after consuming soft drinks, energy drinks or sports drinks, which are all extremely detrimental to teeth. Too many of these highly acidic drinks can lead to dental erosion and sensitive, yellow teeth.

Prevention is an integral part of what we do, and regular dental cleanings will definitely help you protect your teeth. Of course, you still need to remember to brush and floss (every day).

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