We have another informative post from Dr.Christakos about the benefits of sugarless gum and why you should be chewing it more often.
THERE ARE LOTS OF REASONS people chew gum. For some, perhaps it’s just a long-standing habit. But ever since a man named Thomas Adams invented chewing gum back in 1870 it’s been used to freshen breath and relieve nervousness too.
But did you know…
Chewing Sugarless Gum Can Help Prevent Cavities!
That’s right. Chewing sugarless gum can actually help fight cavities. Here are some facts:
1. Gum chewing stimulates saliva production which is your mouth’s natural cleaning and buffering agent—neutralizing acids released by the bacteria in plaque!
2. Gum chewing helps wash away food particles when brushing and flossing aren’t convenient.
3. For those who don’t naturally produce sufficient salivary flow, dry mouth can create lots of oral health problems. Chewing a piece of sugarless gum for 10 minutes each waking hour for about two weeks can help remedy the problem.
4. The sweetener Xylitol, used in many sugarless gums, inhibits the growth of particular kinds of bacteria known to cause cavities. Xylitol also makes it more difficult for bacteria to stick to your teeth.
Have a great week!