Do you love to chew gum but worry about the impact on your smile? Are you worried that you are going to damage your teeth, pull out a filling or negatively impact your jaw? Here are 3 benefits of chewing gum that can, in fact, benefit your smile.
1. Chewing gum helps create saliva. When you consume foods that have high amounts of carbohydrates in them, food can stay stuck to your teeth. This puts you at risk for decay and cavities. Chewing gum allows saliva to build up in your mouth and on your teeth in order to rinse food from your smile in between brushing.
2. Gum can help neutralize the acids that build up in your mouth over time and the bacteria that can stick to your teeth. During your day, bacteria continues to build and can stick to the surface of your teeth. This bacteria buildup, over time, can damage tooth enamel.
3. Gum that has Xylitol in it is shown to decrease the risk of bacteria that grows in your mouth that causes cavities. When xylitol is present in the mouth it decreases the risk of the bacteria sticking to your tooth enamel and causing cavities to form.
For more information on how gum can improve your smile, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team.