There are a lot of ideas and misconceptions that are going around on chewing gum and what is and is not good for you, in regard to your oral health.
There are some types of gum that can, in fact, benefit your oral health. So, let's talk more about gum and the do's and don'ts for chewing it.
Here is some information regarding chewing gum and your oral health. You want to make sure that you are chewing something that is good for you and not going to lead to any type of oral health problem in the future.
Chewing Gum and Your Oral Health
Chewing gum is actually good for your teeth, however, it has to be sugar-free gum. Chewing gum is something that is proven to help with the production of saliva in the mouth. The increased saliva is good for your mouth. It helps to prevent dry mouth, which can, and does, cause a lot of dental problems for many people.
Thanks to the increased saliva production, due to the chewing motions of the mouth, and the reduced sugar levels, gum can help to clean the teeth and wash away food particles and bacteria in the mouth while we chew.
Those that have braces, maintainers, or other oral appliances should stay away from gum in general due to the tacky nature of gum. It can cause parts of your oral appliances to break, reposition or even pull away from your teeth altogether. If you are not sure if chewing gum is something that is right for you, do not hesitate to contact our office. We are more than happy to answer any and all of your questions.
We will share with you our opinions on which brands and types of gum work best for your particular situation. We will even share our thoughts on when the best times to chew gum are, to help maximize the impact on your oral health.