It may seem unexpected, but chewing sugar-free gum can bring a lot of benefits to your mouth health. According to numerous studies, chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating can help prevent cavity formation! These may seem a little far-fetched. Truth be told, the cavity-fighting does not happen from the sugarless gum itself, but rather the natural process that it stimulates in your mouth.
The act of chewing stimulates the salivary glands in your mouth. It is the extra saliva–not the gum–that fights the bacteria that cause cavities. Cavities form primarily through acid erosion. The bacteria which live in your mouth consume sugars leftover from food particles in your mouth. They convert that sugar into an acidic byproduct, which eats away at enamel until it forms a hole. Saliva is your body’s first natural defense against cavity formation. Help it along by chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after each meal.
Chewing sugarless gum has also been shown to combat the effects of heartburn. It may not be obvious how this relates to oral health, but it does. Heartburn is caused by acids from the stomach traveling up the esophagus, gradually wearing away the tissues. If the acids reach your mouth, they can damage your teeth. The extra saliva formation protects your teeth from these acids and may even reduce the occurence of heartburn.
For more information, call East Indianapolis Dental Associates in Indianapolis, Indiana, at 317-357-8548. Dr. James McAllister and our team look forward to making your smile shine!