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Benefits of Chewing Sugar-Free Gum for Oral Health


Posted on 1/2/2024 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
Image of a woman chewing gum to help with oral health. Keeping up with routine dental exams, flossing, and brushing is common knowledge concerning maintaining good oral health. However, chewing sugar-free gum is another easy habit that can supplement your dental hygiene regimen.

Promotes the Secretion of Saliva


Chewing sugar-free gum can increase saliva production, which is one of its main advantages. Saliva is a natural defense mechanism to protect your mouth from hazardous bacteria and food particles. Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a condition that can harm your dental health and cause discomfort. You can treat this issue by chewing sugar-free gum, which promotes saliva flow, relieves, and prevents dryness.

Rinses Dental Gums


Chewing gum effectively keeps food from adhering to your teeth and stimulates saliva production, especially after meals. While gum cannot be a substitute for frequent brushing and flossing, it can be a convenient way to maintain oral hygiene when one is occupied or unable to brush immediately after meals.

Strengthens Sweeteners


Sugar-free gum is commonly flavored with non-cariogenic sweeteners, which do not contribute to tooth decay. Unlike sugar, these sugar alternatives do not facilitate the proliferation of harmful oral microorganisms.

Removes Bad Breath


You can find sugar-free gums with minty flavors that temporarily cover bad breath. It may be a fast and easy way to freshen your breath, but it will not eliminate the root cause of bad breath, which could be related to your dental hygiene or something else entirely.

Alleviates Stress


Alleviates dental issues, such as damaged enamel and jaw discomfort, can result from teeth grinding or tightening, which can be worsened by stress. As a stress reliever and a means of releasing nervous energy, sugar-free gum can help reduce the likelihood of teeth grinding.

The next time you go for a piece of chewing gum, remember that it is an investment in your oral health, not only a sweet treat. Dental professionals worldwide agree that sugar-free gum is good for your teeth. Adding this tasty and easy-to-remember habit to your regular oral hygiene routine will make those dental checkups even more worthwhile.




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