Chewing sugarless gum is extremely beneficial for your oral health because it has been shown to help prevent cavities. This is because chewing gum can limit debris in your mouth by facilitating the production of saliva. Saliva flow is a naturally occurring substance designed that can help wash away food and other debris. Saliva also neutralizes the acids in your mouth and protects your smile against oral health ailments. Studies have shown that by chewing gum for up to 20 minutes immediately after meals, you can lower your risk for cavities.
Sugarless gum has even been shown to be beneficial in the treatment and prevention of heartburn. Heartburn and acid reflux occur when stomach acids travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. When these acids come into contact with your teeth and gums, they can cause damage. Chewing gum can be used to help produce additional saliva to wash away these acids and lower your risk of dental problems.
Chewing gum is most effective after eating. Brushing immediately after a meal can spread the acid from your food around your mouth. You should brush 30 minutes after a meal, but you can chew sugarless gum to produce saliva in your mouth to help clear away food debris and neutralize the acids from your food. However, never use sugarless gum as a replacement for brushing and flossing.
Are you in need of additional oral health care to improve your smile? Brenner Dental of Park Slope wants to help you with your oral health. To schedule an appointment at our office in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, please call us at 718-638-6607. Dr. Leonard Brenner and our team will ensure you get the smile you desire.