Chewing gum, an action many Calgarians partake in on a daily basis, has many positive dental benefits. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent tooth decay, also known as cavities.
How does chewing gum do this, you ask? Chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the flow of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is the body’s natural defence against cavities, as it neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. Saliva also carries calcium to your teeth and additional phosphate to keep your tooth enamel strong!
What other benefits does saliva offer? In addition to the benefits of saliva in preventing tooth decay, saliva has many other benefits that help your body. Saliva assists in digesting, diluting, and transporting food into your body. It also promotes and maintains a neutral PH environment in your mouth that is optimal for tooth remineralization. Saliva also lubricates your mouth as a form of protection from bacteria and other harmful things.
Here are some answers to some common questions we get about chewing gum:
How often do I need to chew to get benefits?
Chewing gum for 20 minutes after a meal or snack is beneficial in clearing your mouth of food and stimulating saliva flow.
Are there any negative factors if I chew gum for too long?
As far as your oral health is concerned, an adult can chew gum for as long as he/she wishes. Studies show no negative effects of chewing gum for longer.
What benefits does saliva bring to my oral health?
Here is a simple list of some of the benefits saliva offers:
- Food removal and lubrication
- Teeth strengthening
- Mouth lubrication
- Tooth decay prevention
What kind of gum is best for stimulating my flow of saliva?
Any sugar free gym that is recommended by dental professionals should yield the same effect as other sugar-free brands. Just be sure the gum you are chewing is sugar-free!
Chewing sugar-free gum has proven to be a very beneficial practice due to its saliva stimulation properties! Saliva has many benefits and is completely natural. Have any questions about our latest blog or how you can improve your oral health? Contact our team at Apple Dental Group today and we will do our very best to help!