• Dr Sonal Naran

Is chewing gum good or bad?

Updated: May 8

Chewing gum, in its different forms, has been around since ancient times. But, is chewing gum good for your oral health? The answer is yes…with some terms and conditions (of course)!

The good?

Chewing gum, if it is the correct one, can be beneficial to your oral health. It can cause your mouth to increase saliva production

Increased saliva production can:

· Reduces plaque

· Neutralizes the acid in your mouth

· Help you swallow easier

· Help you taste and chew better

· Strengthen enamel

· Offer protection against tooth decay

· Prevent bad breath

· Fight germs

It is important to ensure that a sugar free gum is chosen. According to the American Dental Association, chewing gum is labelled as “sugar free” if it contains less than 0.5g of sugar per serving. It is best to chew sugar free gum after meals.

The bad?

Some chewing gums can be bad for you! If the chewing gum contains sugar, it can lead to tooth decay. The ability of the gum to cause decay depends on a number of factors, including the consistency, the amount of time it is in the mouth, the frequency, and the sequence of chewing (it is better to chew sugar containing gum before meals rather than after).

It is also important to remember to not chew gum for too long, and to stop if you experience any jaw discomfort.

Does Chewing Gum Replace Brushing and Flossing?

Chewing gum is an adjunct to brushing, flossing and rinsing, and does not replace either of these. It is important to continue with your normal oral health care, and of course visit your Dentist regularly! Schedule your next appointment with us at 0113046864.

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