According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American consumes 1.8 lbs of chewing gum each year. You can’t walk past a grocery store check stand without spotting dozens of brands and flavors of the stuff.
For years, mothers told their children chewing gum would rot their teeth. According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugarless gum after eating does help prevent cavities. How does this work? Let’s talk more about chewing gum.
Can Any Chewing Gum Prevent Cavities?
While you can surely buy the gum advertised as cavity-fighting, it isn’t always necessary. According to experts at the Oral Health Foundation, ANY sugarless gum can help prevent cavities. How does this work?
- Chewing gum after eating will help remove any leftover food particles that can cause bacteria growth and, eventually, cavities.
- Chewing gum also increases the production of saliva which also helps to clear away food, strengthens teeth and reduces cavity causing acid levels in your mouth.
Chewing gum that contains the sweetener Xylitol becomes even more effective in fighting cavities. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener that studies ** show can reduce the amount of harmful, cavity causing bacteria in the mouth. The evidence is overwhelming, chewing gum can definitely fight cavities. But can chewing gum strengthen your teeth?
Gum That Actually HARDENS Enamel?
Gum manufacturers are beginning to add a substance called casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) to some of their gum products. According to studies, CPP-ACP is known to remineralize and harden tooth enamel. With stronger teeth, decay is less likely to occur.
Chew Gum For Better Oral Health!
The evidence is overwhelming, sugarless gum helps to prevent tooth decay and, in some cases, can actually strengthen the enamel on your teeth. So, next time you’re standing in the grocery store line, throw a pack or two in your cart. Your teeth and pocketbook will thank you! At Reason To Smile, we believe in the power of preventative care for healthy teeth and gums. Call us to schedule your free consultation or bi-annual check up at 801-236-0417.