Can Chewing Sugarless Gum Prevent Cavities?

Richview Family Dentistry has some interesting facts about how chewing sugarless gum may help prevent cavities

Studies show chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

  • Chewing gum on a regular basis, especially after a meal, can improve your oral health, but only if you choose sugar-free.
    • Sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris.
      • Saliva neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth.
      • Increased saliva production also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.
    • Sugar-free gum can reduce the development of plaque and reduce gingivitis.
    • It can also strengthen teeth by remineralizing and can help with digestion.
    • Always look for sugarless gum with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
      • Gum with the ADA Seal is sweetened with non-cavity-causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol, or mannitol. 

    Why sugarless?

    • Regular gum is filled with a variety of sugars, preservatives, and artificial flavoring. All of these ingredients are necessary to create those fun flavors people love, however, adding them to the gum can dramatically impact your oral health.
    • Gum-containing sugar puts you at an increased risk for developing cavities. 
    • Cavities and tooth decay can develop over time with prolonged exposure to sugars, artificial flavorings, and preservatives.

    Gum chewing should not replace regular dental practices

    • Chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for brushing or flossing.
    • The ADA recommends brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
    • It’s also recommended to use dental floss or other interdental cleaners to remove plaque from between your teeth at least once a day.  

    If it has been a while since your last check-up or if you’re new to the area and looking for a family dentist, give us a call today at (931) 647-2243. We love new patients at Richview Family Dentistry!