Is Chewing Gum Good For Your Teeth?

Is Chewing Gum Good For Your Teeth?
Posted on 10/13/2017

At the practice of Dr. Paul S. Herrin, we’ve made it our goal to provide each and every one of our patients in and around Florissant, MO with the high-quality general dentistry services needed to attain a healthier smile. As your trusted Florissant dentist, it’s common to get many different questions regarding healthy dental habits. One of these questions that we often get is whether chewing gum is a good idea or not. You may be surprised to know that chewing gum is actually good for your teeth.

Blowing up a pink gum

While gum with sugar can potentially cause tooth decay for obvious reasons, chewing sugar-free gum can actually help your teeth. First, chewing sugar-free gum can help remove food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. Additionally, chewing will stimulate the production of saliva in your mouth, which can further help wash away food particles and also neutralize any acid in your mouth.


Types Of Gum That Help Your Teeth & Smile

Some sugar-free gum actually contains additional ingredients that can benefit your teeth in other ways as well. One of these ingredients is Xylitol, which is used as a replacement for sugar. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can actually reduce the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. It works because unlike sugar, Xylitol can’t be used as fuel for bacteria.

Another helpful substance found in certain gum is casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (which can mercifully be shortened to CPP-ACP). CPP-ACP can actually remineralize and harden your tooth enamel. This will make your teeth stronger and more resistant to tooth decay.


Visit Your Florissant, MO Dentist!

If you’re looking for general dentistry in Florissant, MO, we encourage you to give us a call at (314) 921-0070. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form to schedule a visit. We look forward to seeing you and helping you attain an even healthier smile!

PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S.

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