The Surprising Benefits of Chewing Gum

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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. Dr. Navdeep Aulakh and our team are thrilled to go over some of the advantages of chewing sugar-free gum with you.

Saliva Flow
Dry mouth is a condition in which not enough saliva is produced in the mouth. This can cause discomfort when eating, swallowing and speaking. Perhaps even more of note is that 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. Keep in mind that chewing sugarless gum is best, as the sugar in regular gum can cause cavities.

Tooth Decay Prevention
Again, the act of chewing gum can increase saliva flow. As previously mentioned, saliva is the mouth’s natural cleaner. It washes away bacteria and food debris that can cause tooth decay. Because of this, 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 minty, fruity or cinnamon 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 AZ Dental at 408-437-1111 today to learn more about the benefits of chewing sugarless gum and to schedule a visit with our dentist in San Jose, California.