Historical research has found that the habit of chewing gum dates back to ancient times. At the dawn of civilization, people were already chewing resins and mastic sap, so it would appear that chewing gum is something that is ingrained in human beings on a primal level.
Unfortunately, there are many brands of modern day chewing gum that can have a serious impact on oral health and your oral hygiene regimen.
Whenever possible, you should seek out sugarless chewing gum that has earned the American Dental Associations Seal of Acceptance. This seal means that the product has been researched and tested by the ADA for safety and effectiveness.
Chewing a brand of sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal encourages saliva production. This saliva then helps to wash away some of the acids introduced to your mouth by certain foods and the bacteria which cause plaque buildup. Chewing gum can also help remove some of the food particles that get stuck in the gaps between teeth and near the gum line.
It’s important to keep in mind that chewing sugarless gum after meals can’t replace the effectiveness of brushing and flossing.
If you have questions about chewing sugarless gum, please feel free to call us at 941-926-4888 or ask us at your next dental cleaning appointment.