Did you know that sugarless gum can improve your oral health? Although sugarless gum is often associated as a post-meal snack to whiten your teeth, the true powers of gum lie in their ability to keep your teeth clean and fresh.
Chewing sugarless gum has various benefits beyond just freshening your breath. According to many studies on the topic, chewing sugarless gum for a period of twenty minutes, preferably after eating, can increase your mouth’s production of saliva, which has been shown to effectively remove plaque, and bacteria, and in turn help protect your teeth and tooth enamel against tooth decay and cavities.
Chewing sugarless gum has also been shown to be effective in the removal and treatment of heartburn and heartburn related symptoms due to harmful acids traveling up your esophagus. If these harmful acids were to reach your teeth and gums, they can erode away your tooth enamel and even damage your gum tissue. Chewing sugarless gum can help produce saliva flow to neutralize the acids that may be traveling up your esophagus as a result of heartburn.
If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Mark DeVuyst at our dentist office in Clinton Township, Michigan, please call us at 586-416-1625. Our team at Dentist 4 Life - Mark DeVuyst DDS, PC looks forward to keeping your oral health in pristine condition.