A lot of people are fans of chewing gum. And there are plenty of reasons to like it. Some people think it helps them calm their nerves so they chew it when they are nervous. And, some people simply like the taste of it. Whatever the case is, chewing gum can have some pretty cool benefits.
So, What Are These Benefits?
Well, it turns out that chewing gum right after eating can help protect your teeth.
According to the American Dental Association, studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating can help prevent tooth decay.
How Is This Possible?
The American Dental Association states that the act of chewing tends to increase salivary flow. So, if you chew sugarless gum after eating, the increased saliva can help neutralize and wash away acids that are produced by the bacteria in your mouth.
If left on your teeth, these acids can break down your tooth enamel, which can help lead to decay.
So, chewing gum after eating actually seems like it can go a long way in keeping your mouth healthy.
If keeping your mouth healthy wasn’t enough, chewing gum is also a great way to keep your mouth fresh! This is especially important if you are a fan of dairy, like me.
Even if chewing gum didn’t help protect my teeth, I would still chew it just to keep my mouth smelling good. But, now this is just a great added bonus.
The biggest thing to remember when it comes to chewing gum is that it HAS to be sugar free to benefit from it. For best results, look for gum that has an ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Another important thing to remember is that although chewing gum can be beneficial to your oral health, it is not a replacement for basic oral hygiene.
The American Dental Association still recommends that you brush twice a day and floss once every day.
Let me know how you feel about chewing gum in the comments below!
Source: American Dental Association
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