What Are The Effects of Chewing Gum on Teeth?

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Anyone looking for information on the effects of chewing gum on the teeth may have a hard time finding it. The reason is simple, it can be both good and bad for your teeth for a variety of reasons. The defining factor is the type of gum you are chewing.

Gum can be one of three types depending on what is used to sweeten it. Gum is sweetened by natural sugar, aspartame and other artificial sweeteners, and by sorbitol, xylitol and other sugar alcohols. Each type of sweetener effects the teeth in a different way.

Sugar

Gum sweetened with sugar effects your teeth in two separate phases. First the sugar from the gum is released into your mouth. The bacteria in plaque uses the sugar to make cavities in the teeth. Once the sugar has been completely removed from the gum and digested into the body, the chewing and continued saliva production promotes remineralization of the enamel.

Artificial Sweetener

Artificial sweeteners have no sugar and therefore nothing for the plaque to use against the health of the teeth. After eating or drinking, the pH balance in the mouth becomes unstable and promotes tooth decay and bad breath. Studies have shown that chewing gum with no sugar 741x

stimulates the saliva production which helps restore the pH balance and reduce tooth decay.

Sugar Alcohol

Some sugar alcohols, such as Xylitol, have shown an ability to fight against bacteria that cause tooth decay. This type of sweetener is the most beneficial of the three. There is no sugar to eat away at the teeth and it also stimulated the saliva production but it also provides extra cavity fighting abilities.

Chewing gum after a meal has been proven effective in several ways. Just make sure that it does not contain natural sugars as a sweetener and you’ll receive all the fun of chewing gum as well as a few great advantages for your teeth!

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