We’ve heard time and time again that sugar, from candy to soda, is bad for your teeth. But what about when it comes to chewing gum? Gum has been around for a long time, with evidence as far back as 9,000 years ago when it was made mostly from tree resin or sap. Today’s gum is much different, made with mostly synthetic ingredients and mixed with softeners and sweeteners for flavor. The act of chewing gum actual has some health benefits, but it’s the addition of sweeteners that can cause oral health problems. Those sweeteners are often made from sucrose, which can produce acid when mixed with your saliva that will deteriorate your enamel and increase the chance of getting a cavity.As your trusted dental advisers, Dr. Dyer and his team at Fort Bend Periodontic & Implantology highly recommend going the sugar-free gum route. Here are a couple more reasons why:
Chewing sugar-free gum can actually do more than just freshen up your breath. It can be a cavity fighter! The act of chewing produces saliva flow, which is good for your dental health because saliva washes away food particles, neutralizes acids, and supports your enamel strength.When you chew gum with sugar, you’re still producing that extra saliva, but the sugar ends up doing some damage by feeding acid-causing bacteria. With sugar-free gum, you don’t have that extra concern.
The Power of Xylitol
A lot of chewing gums without any added sugar have xylitol in them instead. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol, and because of its sweetness, it’s often used as a sugar substitute, not just in gum but also in other things like candy and oral care products. Xylitol actually prevents bacteria and plaque from sticking to your teeth, and it increases enamel strength by improving how it absorbs minerals.So imagine: You still get to enjoy sweet gum but are taking care of your teeth while doing so. When choosing a sugar-free gum, check out the label to see if it includes xylitol too!Choosing a sugar-free chewing gum over the traditional options out there is a step in the right direction for your oral health. If you’d like to know what other changes you can make to take care of your smile, contact us at Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology and we’d be happy to chat further!
Chewing gum can help clear acid in your esophagus by increasing saliva and subsequent swallowing. Gum chewing may also reduce symptoms for people with certain reflux issues and help with dry mouth.Lastly, chewing gum has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance with the evidence of its oral benefits. So chewing gum is not a bad thing, just switch to sugar-free!The team at Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology provide modern dentistry focusing on improving the health and appearance of your gums, replacing missing teeth with dental implants, and helping you live a headache-free lifestyle. We are proud to offer a full suite of periodontal, implantology, and cosmetic services to our patients. If you’re ready to see a change in your smile and your life, reach out to us today!Contact Us
Fort Bend Periodontics and Implantology
Dr. Bret Dyer
4645 Sweetwater Blvd., Suite 800
Sugar Land, TX 77479