We’ve heard time and time again that sugar, from sticky candies to syrupy sodas, is no good for our teeth. But what about when it comes to gum? Many chewing gum products contain sugar, but there are also plenty of sugar-free options out there. We’re not here to force you to give up something completely, but as your trusted dental advisors, we can say that we highly recommend going the sugar-free gum route. Here’s 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 that 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!