Chewing Gum

Gum has been around for a long time. It used to be made from tree sap; however, today most gum is made from blend of synthetic materials (elastomers, resins and waxes in various proportions).

Can chewing gum help your teeth?

“The physical act of chewing tends to increase salivary flow. If you chew sugarless gum after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Over time, acid can break down tooth enamel, creating the conditions for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. In the future, look for chewing gum that delivers a variety of therapeutic agents that could provide additional benefits to those provided by the ability of gum to stimulate saliva flow. For instance, some gum might contain active agents that could enhance the gum’s ability to remineralize teeth and reduce decay, or enable gum to help reduce plaque and gingivitis.”  -American Dental Association

Does chewing gum replace brushing and flossing?

“No, chewing gum is an adjunct to brushing and flossing, but not a substitute for either. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day with dental floss or other interproximal dental cleaners.” – American Dental Association

What should I do?

Eat healthy. Chew sugarless gum. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss. Also, come visit us — we’d love to help you, and show you that good dental hygiene is not as cumbersome as you might think.