What are the benefits of sugarless chewing gum on your smile? Although most forms of gum are similar, some have added ingredients that may help with whitening your teeth or freshening your breath. However, it is best to avoid chewing gum that has sugar, as sugars are known to contribute to dental erosion.
Chewing sugarless gum has several benefits beyond just freshening your breath. According to frequent studies on the topic, chewing sugarless gum for a period of twenty minutes, preferably after eating, can increase your mouth’s production of saliva, which has been shown to effectively remove plaque, and bacteria, and in turn help protect your teeth and tooth enamel against tooth decay and cavities.
Chewing sugarless gum has also been shown to be effective in the deterrence and treatment of heartburn and heartburn related symptoms due to harmful acids traveling up your esophagus. If these harmful acids were to reach your teeth and gums, they can erode away your tooth enamel and even harm your gum tissue. Chewing sugarless gum can help kindle saliva flow to neutralize the acids that may be traveling up your esophagus as a result of heartburn.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Mark DeWitt and our team at Mark L. DeWitt DDS for an oral examination, please call 517-323-7926 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Lansing, Michigan. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.