March 16, 2015 / Weaam Kahabka
Did you know chewing sugar-free gum after meals may prevent tooth decay? Clinical studies by the American Dental Association (ADA) have found that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after each meal can increase salivary flow and help saliva battle against the acids produced by certain bacteria in your mouth.
Regular chewing gum has sugars that may cause dental cavities. Look for gums that have the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on it. These chewing gums contain xylitol, a naturally found sugar, which has several health benefits. According to the ADA, chewing xylitol-sweetened gum has been proven to decrease the amount of bacteria in the mouth, strengthen teeth and reduce tooth decay. It may also help prevent dental cavities and middle-ear infections in children.
It is important to remember that chewing gum should not replace brushing and flossing every day. Brush your teeth twice a day and visit your dental professional regularly to maintain your best oral health.