Chew Gum For Healthy Teeth!

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At the store, there are so many varieties of chewing gum to choose from. There’s bubble gum, teeth whitening gums, mint gums, fruit centred gums, and the list goes on! Are you unsure if chewing gum is good or bad for your teeth? The answer is, it depends on what type of gum you chew!

Gum can be classified by how it’s sweetened:

With Sugar
With Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame)
With Sugar Alcohols (Sorbitol, Xylitol)

When you are chewing gum containing sugar, it has two phases. The first phase can last up to ten minutes when the sugar is released into your mouth while you are chewing the gum. The bacteria in your mouth love to feed off of this sugar! The second phase occurs after all the sugar has been swallowed. You are still chewing the gum which promotes saliva. The saliva promotes remineralization of your teeth enamel!

When chewing gum with artificial sugars, you eliminate the first phase. You will only produce saliva which can protect your teeth!

Chewing gum with sugar alcohols, like xylitol is one of the best choices! You get the benefits of chewing gum with artificial sweeteners. In addition, you will also get the cavity-fighting power of xylitol.

Now you have a better idea of what type of gum to choose! Remember chewing gum helps saliva flow, which can help protect your teeth against cavities! Remember to keep your teeth healthy you should also brush twice a day and floss. You should also make sure to see your dentist twice a year for a professional dental cleaning and check-up. To book your dental cleaning in London, contact us at Southwood Dental Studio today!

– Dr. Agrawal

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