Do you enjoy chewing the occasional, or frequent, piece of gum? It may come as a surprise to you that certain varieties of gum are actually good for your smile. Sugar-free gum can benefit your smile in several ways. Dr. Frantz Backer and our team are pleased to educate you on the advantages of sugarless gum.
Increase Saliva Flow
Dry mouth means that there is not enough saliva flow in the mouth. This can lead to issues like difficulty eating, swallowing or speaking. In addition, dry mouth can cause an increased risk of cavities. Dry mouth may occur for several reasons, including certain medications. Chewing gum causes an increased saliva flow. Saliva is the mouth’s natural cleaner, so this can greatly aid your dental health.
Preventing Tooth Decay
As mentioned above, saliva is the mouth’s natural cleaner. Saliva helps wash way bacteria and food particles that could cause tooth decay. Saliva includes nutrients like calcium and fluoride, which can help strengthen the tooth enamel. Chewing sugar-free gum for just 20 minutes after meals can help reduce tooth decay. However, chewing sugarless gum cannot replace brushing and flossing. Instead, chewing gum should supplement consistent dental hygiene.
Contact Advanced Dentistry of New York at 718-313-9987 today for more information and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Jackson Heights, New York.