Chewing Gum and Your Teeth

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Have you ever heard that chewing your gum is bad for your teeth? There may be some truth in this. However, chewing gum can also lead to a number of dental benefits. You see, chewing gum can be detrimental or beneficial—depending on the type of gum you chew.

Chewing sugary gum can damage your teeth, but would you be surprised to learn that you could actually keep your teeth healthier by using gum? You see, if you choose sugar free gum, you won’t expose your teeth to excessive sugar. This is important because sugar can lead to cavities and other tooth decay. The chewing motion also promotes saliva flow, which can prevent tooth decay and cavities.

When you choose your gum, you may want to consider finding one with xylitol instead of one flavored with artificial sweeteners. Much like saliva does, xylitol could actually create an environment where your good bacteria can thrive. Furthermore, xylitol can actually stop bad bacteria from bonding to your teeth.

Still, please note that some argue that chewing gum could actually train your muscles to clench your teeth. In other words, if you chew gum often, you could increase your chances of bruxism or TMJ disorder.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Creekside Dental at 509.577.8277. Our dentist, Dr. Bennett Packard, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.