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Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Oral Effects Of Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is one of the most maligned substances of childhood joy, with most parents swearing that it rots your teeth. While chewing sugary gum isn’t good for you, there is mounting evidence to believe that chewing gum that’s sweetened with Xylitol can actually have a positive effect on your oral health. Chewing gum doesn’t hurt your teeth on its own unless you have existing medical issues that it can aggravate. If you want to know how chewing gum can enhance your oral health, keep reading!

Sugar-Free Gum

The most common component of chewing gum that causes issues is sugar. Without sugar being present in the gum there’s nothing inherent that should cause any issues with your teeth. The chewing action can actually strengthen your jaw and stimulate the production of saliva. Saliva is one of the most important elements of your body’s battle against bacteria. It kills bacteria, washes away debris, and keeps your mouth from becoming dry. If you want to get the most out of your gum-chewing habit, chew sugar-free.

The Sweetener Xylitol Actually Fights Bacteria

If the gum you’re chewing has Xylitol in it than you’re doing more than just avoiding tooth decay, you’re actively battling it. This substance has been proven in multiple scientific studies to be capable of removing the ability of decay-causing bacteria to adhere to your teeth. Further studies have revealed that patients who regularly chew xylitol gum actually reduce the amount of decay-causing bacteria present in their mouths. In their place is healthy bacteria.

Whitening Gum

In the dental aisle at your local pharmacy can be found an extensive number of whitening agents, including those that come in gum form. Chewing this gum not only removes staining agents from your teeth but can also coat your teeth with a residue that won’t allow new staining to happen. These gums are never sweetened with sugar, so it provides the benefits mentioned above as well.

When Should You Avoid Gum?

The first thing you should avoid is gum sweetened with sugar. Other than that the only concern you may face is if you have TMJ issues then chewing gum could aggravate the issues. Loose fillings can also be pulled out by chewing gum so make sure all of your dental work is in good repair. If you have any form of orthodontics then you should absolutely avoid chewing gum.

If you’re a fan of bubble gum and want further information on how it can benefit your oral health then it’s time to stop in and see your dentist. Picking up the phone can have you schedule an appointment with Dr. Kevin H Speer at Oak Grove Dental in no time at all. Along with their team in Milwaukee, OR this fantastic dental practitioner has been providing exceptional preventative care and restorative dentistry to their family of dental customers. Don’t let misinformation keep you from benefiting from the oral health benefits offered by chewing gum and other little known aids of dental health. Call today and schedule an appointment!

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