Tips

Does chewing gum help my oral health ?

Chicles ayudan a mi salud bucalClinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay.

Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva flow , washing food scraps and other ,neutralizes the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth . The increased flow of saliva also carries more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.

 

The only varieties of gum with the ADA stamp ( American Dental Association ) are sugar free. They are sweetened by sweeteners which do not cause dental caries, such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Of course, chewing gum containing sugar also increases saliva flow , but it contains the sugar used by plaque bacteria to produce acids that cause cavities. You have to do even more research to determine the effects of chewing sugarfree gum .

 

Do not let chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and flossing . It is not a substitute for them. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and clean plaque between teeth once a day with floss or interdental cleaners .

 

Sugarless gum that carries the ADA seal is your assurance that it meets ADA criteria for safety and efficacy . You can rest assured that the specifications on the packaging and labeling of products are ADA accepted truth , because companies should verify all information from the ADA .