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Whether you are a fan of chewing gum or not, sugarless gum is actually beneficial to your teeth, and has been around a long time. In ancient times, people made chewing gum out of tree sap. In modern times, chemists have improved the recipe.

Many people think of chewing gum as nothing more than a type of candy, but they may not realize that it can be a helpful dental product. After all, everybody knows that sugar is harmful to teeth, right? Believe it or not, your dentist would advise you to chew sugarless gum as part of your routine of dental health. It’s true! Sugarless gum is recognized by dentists as a valuable tool in protecting your teeth.

Saliva is very helpful to your oral health. Saliva keeps your mouth keeps hydrated, and helps you to speak, swallow and digest your food. Saliva production is triggered when we eat and chew. What you may not have realized is that saliva is also a neutralizing agent against acids that erode tooth enamel and washes away food debris. Stimulating saliva flow is a good thing, and chewing gum does this.

Chewing sugarless gum fights tooth decay by increasing your saliva production. Chewing sugarless gum along with regular use of fluoride toothpaste reduced cavities in 5th graders by 42 percent as compared to the control group that did not chew sugarless gum—according to a European study.

If you want more information about how chewing gum can improve your oral health, our dentist Dr. Asad Ahsan would be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment at Vital Dental in McKinney, Texas, call (972) 347-0945.