Can Chewing Gum Improve Your Oral Health?
- Posted on: Feb 28 2023
The idea that chewing gum can improve oral health has been around for many years. However, recent research indicates that there is actually some truth to this claim when it comes to sugar-free chewing gum specifically. Drs. Nancy Gill, Dallas Kenson, and Evelyn Qi of Golden Dental Solutions provide Golden, CO, area patients with recommendations that are best for their unique dental health needs.
Is Chewing Sugar-free Gum Good for Me?
Studies continue to show that chewing sugar-free gum can help reduce cavities and plaque buildup, both of which are known causes of poor oral health. This is because chewing gum can help in getting food particles that might be trapped loose, just as flossing can.
Additionally, the act of chewing can also increase saliva production, which helps neutralize acids in the mouth and prevent tooth decay. This is important, especially for patients who might have conditions such as dry mouth. Dry mouth is not only an uncomfortable condition, but it can increase one’s risk of developing issues such as cavities and disease. By increasing saliva production while chewing sugar-free gum, you can significantly reduce these risks.
What if I Experience Jaw Pain With Chewing Gum?
Some patients who have malfunctioning jaw joints, known as the temporomandibular joint or TMJ, may find themselves experiencing jaw pain or muscle pain when chewing gum regularly. This is a common issue sometimes referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). If you suspect you have this condition, you may want to speak to our team at Golden Dental Solutions about treatment for TMD and whether or not regularly chewing sugar-free gum is beneficial for you.
What About Other Gums?
Other chewing gums are high in sugar, which can be detrimental to your oral health and not beneficial. When shopping for chewing gum at the grocery store, be sure to look for gum that is sugar-free and has the ADA seal on the packaging. This type of gum will improve dental health, not harm it.
How Do I Learn More?
There are many lifestyle changes patients can make to improve their oral health, and learning about them is the first step toward a healthier smile. If you live in or around the area of Golden, CO, and want to speak to Drs. Nancy Gill, Dallas Kenson, and Evelyn Qi, about your oral health needs call 303-277-9600 to request an appointment at their office.