Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum containing xylitol can help fight against cavities? The American Dental Association, ADA,
have stated that clinical studies show that “chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.”
The reason why sugarless gum does this is actually pretty interesting. The act of chewing increases your saliva flow. Saliva helps neutralize acids, removes food stuck in your teeth and gums and creates disease-fighting substances.
If you chew gum with sugar, you will increase saliva but the sugar will lead to the development of acids and bacteria that cause decay and cavities. By chewing the sugar-free gum that contains ingredients such as xylitol or sorbitol, you will not be allowing the cavity-causing bacterias to form in your mouth, and, at the same time, you’ll be increasing saliva flow.
It is important to remember that this is not a substitute for brushing
two times each day and visiting the dentist. The chewing of sugar-free gum can help aid you in keeping a healthy mouth, but it is not enough to completely prevent cavities or decay.
Stop by the ADA’s “Seal of Approval” section of approved gums
to learn which gums you should be buying.
Are you concerned about cavities?