Did you know if you chew gum for about 20 minutes after you eat it can help prevent cavities? “Why”, you may ask. Because when you chew gum it increases your flow of saliva. Saliva helps to wash away food debris in your mouth. It also neutralizes acids that are produced by bacteria in your mouth. It also carries more calcium and phosphate to your teeth which will help strengthen your tooth enamel.
Which Type of Gum?
All gum will help stimulate the saliva in your mouth. However, in order to get the best cavity fighting benefits, it really needs to be sugar free gum. If you’re chewing gum that contains sugar then you’re really just working against yourself.
One way to know for sure that your gum is sugar free is by looking for the ADA Seal. All ADA gums are sweetened with non-cavity causing sweeteners.
A word of caution: Don’t let chewing gum be a substitute for brushing your teeth. Remember, brush no less than twice a day for two minutes each time, and don’t forget to floss too!