Chewing gum is a great way to freshen your breath after a meal or a quick snack while also giving you an extra burst of flavor. Not only that, as your Northbrook dentist, Dr.Kacel is quick to point out, it also can give a much needed boost to your overall oral health.
Chewing sugar-free gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth and helps to prevent cavities. the increase in saliva helps to wash food particles away and can neutralize acids which protects you from the bacteria that causes cavities. In fact, the American Dental Association has found studies that show that chewing sugar-free gum for twenty minutes after eating a meal helps prevent tooth decay. Just the simple act of chewing a piece of sugar-free gum can help you avoid emergency trips to the dentist in Northbrook, IL.
The increase of saliva created by chewing sugar-free gum not only helps wash the food away from your teeth, it also helps strengthen the enamel. That’s right, calcium and phosphate are both found in human saliva and they help reinforce enamel.
Of course, you have to be sure that you are chewing sugar-free gum. Chewing gum with sugar in it actually increases your chance of tooth decay because the sugar feeds the bacteria on your teeth. For extra help fighting cavities, look for sugar-free gum that has been sweetened with xylitol which helps decrease the amount of bacteria that can stick to your teeth.
While chewing sugar-free gum is helpful in preventing cavities, it does not mean you should forego brushing and flossing and regular visits to your Northbrook dentist, Dr.Kacel. The best protection against tooth decay is brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day, accompanied by regular visits to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning.
If you have any other questions about the benefit of sugar-free gum or about oral hygiene in general, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff at his Northbrook Dental office who will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.