If you are a lover of chewing gum, use this to your advantage! You may be surprised to learn that chewing gum can benefit your dental health. Keep in mind that in order to reap the full benefits, you should choose sugarless gum, as the sugar in regular gum can cause cavities. Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson and our team are thrilled to go over some of the advantages of chewing sugar-free gum.
Dry mouth is a condition in which not enough saliva is produced in the mouth. Dry mouth can increase the risk of cavities, as saliva is your mouth’s natural cleaner.
The act of chewing causes your salivary glands to produce saliva. Because of this, chewing gum can be a great tool in combating dry mouth.
Tooth Decay Prevention
As previously mentioned, saliva is the mouth’s natural cleaner. It washes away bacteria and food debris that can cause tooth decay. As chewing gum can increase saliva flow, chewing sugarless gum can reduce your risk for cavities. We recommend that you chew gum for at least 20 minutes after eating to help clean out your mouth. Of course, this does not replace brushing and flossing.
Bad Breath Coverage
Bad breath can be caused by a variety of things, including dry mouth and eating strong-smelling foods. Chewing gum that has a pleasant taste can temporarily mask bad breath. If your bad breath was caused by dry mouth, chewing gum can even banish bad breath, as it can moisten the mouth.
We invite you to contact Gunnerson Dental at 801-658-0102 today to learn more about the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum and to set up a visit with our dentist in Payson, Utah.