Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
The physical act of chewing increases salivary flow in the mouth which will help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.
Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal* because you can be sure it’s sugarless. All gums with the ADA Seal are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids.
Chewing sugarless gum is a great way to help keep your mouth clean and healthy, but it shouldn’t ever replace brushing, flossing and regular teeth cleanings by your dentist.
*A company earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by producing scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its product, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates according to objective requirements.