By Susan Braden
Will smacking on a piece of gum improve or maintain your overall oral health? It is true that a gum containing sugar is not the best for your teeth, but many question the impact of sugarless varieties on your oral health.
Chewing gum containing sugar does contribute to the creation of cavities. Sugar is a major element of plaque, which is a build-up on the surface of your teeth that can cause gum disease and create cavities. Also, because the sugary kind is so sticky, it allows the sugars to actually linger on your teeth, thus attracting more plaque.
Chewing a sugarless gum can both clean the surfaces of your teeth and increase your flow of saliva. This increase in saliva is important because saliva contains antibodies that fight cavities from growing in your mouth. In other words, gum-chewing activates your natural body systems against tooth decay, which means a healthier mouth! An added benefit of gum-chewing is that it can lessen bad breath – your friends and family may thank you!
Gum that is made without any sugar is actually very helpful in maintaining your oral health. There are three ways in which the sugar-free kind is useful:
Whether you are on the go or need a quick clean in between meals, sugar-free gum-chewing may be a step to stronger, healthier teeth when you do not have time to brush. It will clean your teeth while assisting in tooth decay prevention, and it will even get rid of that bad breath. You can use gum to control your unhealthy dental habits and sweet cravings – try it yourself and see the results!