As ridiculous as it sounds, chewing gum may indeed help protect your teeth from cavities. On its surface, the idea of chewing on something to increase your oral health may seem illogical, but it does have its benefits. However, if you suffer from any jaw disorder such as TMD, chewing gum should never be used.
Although chewing gum can provide a few oral health benefits, it can also cause some problems. Many gums contain harmful sugars, so if you do decide to try chewing gum, always use sugarless gum. Not only can gum help prevent cavities but it can also help fight the effects of heartburn.
Studies have proven that chewing sugarless gum after meals for at least twenty minutes can prevent cavities. The reason has very little to do with the materials in the gum, but rather the resulting formation of excess saliva in your mouth. Saliva is your body’s natural defense mechanism to wash away harmful materials and bacteria. In addition, saliva can help neutralize the harmful acids within foods and drinks.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Please book an oral exam with Dr. Ernesto Prida at our dentist office in Edinburg, Texas, by calling us at 956-627-3446. Our team at A Plus Smiles looks forward to bringing your smile back to its fullest.