Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum can actually be good for your smile? We already know that brushing and flossing after meals help keep plaque–that sticky bacterial film that tends to coat the teeth and gums unless removed daily and which leads to tooth decay and gum disease–at bay. But studies have shown that if you chew sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating, it stimulates saliva production to help neutralize the acids from eating (and drinking) and which helps prevent cavities.
In addition, sugar-free gum offers your smile the following benefits:
— You can supplement your daily brushing and flossing with the help of sugarless gum to protect your oral health. However, do not use it to replace daily brushing and flossing habits.
— On those occasions when food particles become trapped around the gumline and between the teeth after eating, using sugarless gum can help loosen the debris and wash it away so you can better brush and floss later.
— Since acids in the mouth, including those derived from heartburn or acid reflux, are harmful to your teeth, chewing sugarless gum and stimulating saliva production can help to neutralize those harmful acids.
— Chewing sugarless gum is safe for your smile as long as you don’t have problems with TMJ, or experience sudden aches in the jaw when you chew.
If you would like more information about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, we invite you to give our Sonrisa Dental team a call at 505-455-2176. Dr. Jorge Ferreira and our staff in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are always ready to help you with your oral health needs!