Can Chewing Gum Keep Your Mouth Clean and Healthy?

One question commonly asked at the practice of NW Heights Dental is:

Is chewing gum good for my teeth?

Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert are dental professionals who understand the methods of care that patients can do to keep their smile healthy. In some cases, chewing gum CAN be good for the teeth! However, this is only if patients are chewing the right kind.

In most cases, chewing gum can prevent the development of cavities, but only if chewing a sugarless gum. Gum is beneficial because it can help in the production of more saliva. Saliva can neutralize issues in the mouth and can help in rinsing away acid that can form on the teeth or in the mouth itself. By chewing sugarless gum after a meal, you may be able to promote good oral health and protect your teeth. The minerals produced with extra saliva production can strengthen the tooth enamel, reducing the risk of cavities.

How do I know which gum is appropriate?

When shopping for a chewing gum that will improve your smile, it is best that you look for brands that are labels as sugar free. Gum with sugars in them can have the opposite effect. These gums, which are full of sugar, can contribute to the development of plaque and tartar. One way to know you are purchasing the right gum is to not only look for the notation of “sugar free,” but to look for the American Dental Association seal of approval. This is often printed on packaging and can help lead you to the right choices.

How often should I chew gum?

Chewing gum too often in a day can lead to soreness in the jaw. It may be most beneficial to chew sugarless, ADA-approved gum after every meal, especially if you are unable to brush your teeth. This can help in maintaining a healthy smile.

Call NW Heights Dental today!

Drs. Keri Smith and David Hiebert of NW Heights Dental are committed to helping patients in the community of Portland, OR with their oral health care needs. If you are interested in learning more about ways to maintain a healthy smile, call the office at (503) 646-1463 and visit the practice at 975 NW Saltzman Road.

Posted in: General & Family Dentistry

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