Is chewing gum actually good for your teeth?

Chewing gum can be tasty and fun to chew, but did you know that if it is sugarless, there are some dental benefits that come along with it too??
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The American Dental Association, or ADA, recognizes that sugarless gum does actually help to prevent tooth decay, especially after eating. Studies have found that chewing sugarless gum can increase the flow of saliva in your mouth, which helps to dilute sugars and food particles. The saliva can also neutralize and rid your mouth of harmful acids that are produced when the bacteria on your teeth break down the food that you eat. If this acid is not removed, then over time it can break down your enamel and cause tooth decay.
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So basically, chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, which is good for breaking down food particles and getting rid of acids.
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So even though chewing gum is a helpful addition to your oral health routine, it is not a replacement for brushing!
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If you cannot brush your teeth immediately after a meal, then chewing gum can help to help with the breakdown of the harmful bacteria on your teeth until you are able to properly brush your teeth. Chewing gum may reach the surfaces of your teeth, but it does not reach in between your teeth like flossing does.
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Chewing sugarless gum can be helpful in a pinch, but at the end of the day you should always brush and floss your teeth to maintain a strong dental health!
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Your friend,
Dr. Joedi Pasut
Alpine Smiles Family Dentisry
1600 W University Ave #113
Flagstaff, AZ
86001

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