Sweet tooth | The dental benefits of sugar free chewing gum
Updated: Jun 3
Sugar-free gum contains no sugar but has natural sweeteners like Xylitol, which is found in some berries, fruit, vegetables & mushrooms. It has a sweetness almost equal to that of sugar. The gum does not cause tooth decay and releases its flavours over a period of time.
Are sugar-free gums good for my teeth?
Chewing sugar-free gum helps protect teeth in between meals when it may not be possible to brush.
The teeth are at high risk of acid attack after eating. Acid produced by bacteria in plaque, sugar in the food and drink can slowly dissolves away the enamel and dentine of the tooth leading to a hole or ‘cavity'.
You can reduce this acid attack by using sugar free gums as it helps the mouth to produce more saliva which is the mouth's natural defence against acid.
Can chewing sugar-free gum help with dry mouth and bad breath?
Dry mouth & bad breath are mostly caused by a reduced saliva flow. When you chew sugar-free gum the mouth produces more saliva and the symptoms of dry mouth and bad breath could be reduced.
When can I chew sugar-free gum?
It is best to chew soon after eating.
Chewing for up to twenty minutes increases the salivary flow and speeds up the time that it takes for saliva to reduce impact of the acid. Plaque starts to form again within half an hour of cleaning the teeth. You will still need to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, and clean in between your teeth with interdental brushes or floss at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
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