Is Chewing Gum Good for Your Teeth?

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The candy isle can be a tempting place lined with colorful, sugary delights. Want the sweet flavor, without the dangerous consequences of sugar? Reach for chewing gum. Read on to learn why chewing gum can actually be good for your teeth.

The Benefits of Chewing Gum

You heard that right, chewing gum is good for your teeth. When you chew, the gum gets at some of the cavity-causing plaque and food particles stuck on and between your teeth. Chewing gum also promotes the creation of saliva, which not only washes the bad stuff from the mouth, but contains components that work to strengthen the teeth and combat decay-causing bacteria.

Great in a Pinch

Keep chewing gum in your purse, pocket, or car console, and it can save you after a big meal or indulgence. If you sneak a cupcake at a work gathering and you can’t get to the bathroom to brush your teeth post sugar-rush, pop a stick of gum into your mouth and chew away. You’ll make some progress cleaning your teeth until you can get to a toothbrush. Water helps flush out the mouth, too.

Not a Replacement for a Toothbrush

As we said, gum can be your savior in a pinch, a great follow up to a sugary or starchy treat. But it doesn’t mean you can skip brushing and flossing entirely. Gum is just a temporary solution. Make sure you always brush after you eat, in addition to brushing morning and night, and flossing daily.

Stick with Sugarless

Here’s the key, if the gum has sugar, it might as well be candy. Opt for sugar free gum for carefree chewing. Look for gum that contains xylitol. Experts say it helps prevent tooth decay because it fights cavity-causing bacteria.

Visit Us at Hillstream Dental

So now you know you can chew away on your favorite sugar-free gum without guilt. But as we said, chewing isn’t enough. Come see us in Rochester Hills or St. Clair Shores for your biannual cleaning and exam. We’ll make sure you leave with teeth that are in tip top shape! Give our office a call today to schedule your next visit.

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