Can Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Actually Benefit Your Oral Health?
You have likely been told at some point in your life that chewing sugarless gum is preferable to regular gum because it is not as bad for your teeth. If so, you may be interested to know something else about sugar-free gum: it may actually be good for your oral health!
Recent research cited in an article by the American Dental Association has expanded upon the theory that chewing sugar-free gum is a self-care behavior that may ultimately contribute to a person’s oral health. In fact, some evidence has shown that chewing sugar-free gum can stimulate the production of saliva and neutralize plaque acids, which may ultimately reduce the potential for cavity development and help keep the teeth mineralized.
The American Dental Association Council of Scientific Affairs has touted the potential benefits of chewing sugar-free gum for a number of years. In fact the organization has even given specific brands the ADA Seal of Acceptance for products that can help reduce the risk of cavities. The ADA cautions that chewing sugar-free gum should not – and should never be – substituted for daily brushing and flossing along with regular visits to the dentist; however, it does say that sugarless gum can serve as one more activity to build into your oral hygiene routine that may contribute to your overall oral health.
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