Hello gum chewers! We’re going to talk about that sticky wad in your mouth. You know that it can freshen your breath, but isn’t it also a threat to your dental health?
It depends on the type of gum. Chewing regular sucrose-based gum can be useful in removing bits of food from the surface of teeth, but that benefit is negated by the stream of sugar washing over your teeth as you chew.
However, gum with some alternative sweeteners has an added benefit for your pearly whites. Xylitol is a sweetener that not only has fewer calories than traditional sugars, but also has antimicrobial properties that cut down plaque build-up. This means that xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay.
So if you’re headed out to a restaurant, bring a pack of sugar-free gum with you and pop it in your mouth when your meal is done. Of course, brushing and flossing would be better, but when you can’t brush, decide on a sugarless gum with xylitol.
At Destination Dentistry in Custer SD, we offer family dentistry procedures such as teeth cleaning, check-ups, and x-rays. We also provide popular cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening, and important services like gum disease treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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