Monday, April 13, 2015
Who loves to chew gum? Did you know that there are actual benefits to chewing gum on a regular basis?
According to the ADA, "Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay."
The simple act of chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. If you chew after meals, increased salivary flow can help counteract and get rid of the acids that are formed when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Over time, acid can break down tooth enamel, creating the settings for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help reinforce tooth enamel. (1)
Now obviously, chewing gum does not replace brushing your teeth. Brushing and flossing is the most important, and you should make sure you are doing both 2 times a day!!
The American Dental Association actually has its stamp of approval on a few different brands of gum. But how does the ADA approve these gums? By showing with scientific evidence that the gum is effective for one or more specific signs, such as reducing plaque acids, promoting remineralization of tooth enamel, reducing cavities and/or reducing gingivitis. (1)
Here is a list of gums that the ADA has approved:
1. Dentyne Ice Sugarless gum
2. Ice Breakers Ice Cubes
3. Stride Sugarless gum
4. Trident Sugar Free Gum
5. Extra Sugar Free Gum
6. Orbit for Kids
7. Orbit Sugar Free Gum (This one is a personal favorite of PDS employees)
Please head on over to www.ada.org for more information on chewing gum!