Hello, gum chewers, today we’re going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but can it really help protect your smile from dental caries?
It really depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be helpful in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.
However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener which not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but it also has antimicrobial properties that reduce plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.
So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing are the prime practices for your oral health, but when you can’t brush, select a sugarless gum with xylitol.
I’m Dr. Jeff Bynum of Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS. We offer Invisalign, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. If you have any questions about how to brighten your oral health, or if you would like information about any of our innovative cosmetic dental services such as teeth whitening, veneers, or complete smile redesigns, give us a call today at 813-653-2273.
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