There can be quite a refreshing and juicy feeling to opening a pack of minty chewing gum and munching on one. But, if you tend to chew gum on a regular basis, you may be wondering if this habit of yours can affect your oral health.
Well, the answer isn't a definite yes or no. Chewing gum can help you keep your teeth clean, but it can also damage them. It all depends on the ingredients the chewing gum contains and how often you are doing it.
Chewing gum can actually help keep your teeth clean but only if it's a sugarless one. That's because chewing gum stimulates saliva production and that can help clean your teeth. When you eat, food particles tend to get stuck on the tooth enamel and saliva washes the acid that this debris can create.
Keep in mind, though, that chewing sugarless gum can't replace proper oral hygiene that includes regular brushing and dentist appointments for preventive dentistry.
Here's how chewing too much chewing gum can affect your teeth:
Just as with most things in life, moderation is key. Chewing sugarless gum for a few minutes after a meal can help keep your teeth clean if it's combined with proper dental hygiene. Chewing too much sweetened gum can damage the enamel, lead to tooth decay or create bite problems.
If you are unhappy with your oral health, then at Great Bay Orthodontics we can help you achieve the beautiful and healthy smile you always wanted. From traditional braces to Invisalign, we can cover any orthodontic need.
Feel free to get in touch with us to book your appointment.