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Does Chewing Gum Hurt Your Teeth?

Everyone just likes to chew gum occasionally. As a matter of fact Americans spend almost a half a billion dollars on gun each year.  Does chewing gum have an adverse effect on your teeth?  Does it help your teeth or does it harm your teeth?  The fact is - it can be both.  It all depends on what kind of gum you select.

Gum that have a lot of sugar can be harmful to your teeth if you chew too much of it. That's because the sugar in the gum sticks to your teeth. It also can increase the chance of you getting more cavities. So, if you're the kind of person who likes to chew a lot of gum that has sugar in it, it is recommended that you chew it for at least 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, the sugar in the gum is gone from the gum and the sugar that may be sticking to your teeth can be washed away by the saliva in your mouth.

Sugar Free Gum

Sugar free gum and be good for your teeth in certain circumstances and it doesn't matter how long you chew it.

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This is accomplished because chewing gum increases your saliva in your mouth which is good for gums! Saliva is a very important part of having good oral health. Not only does saliva get rid of any acid that may be in your mouth, it also has calcium that can help strengthen the enamel on your teeth. The sticky surface of sugar free gum can help lower plaque with out leaving any "sugar" residue. This in turn, helps prevent certain dental conditions such as cavities or other dental problems i.e. toothaches.

Even though chewing gum can be beneficial for your teeth and overall oral health it cannot be used to replace good dental hygiene that should be performed every day. That is to say - don't chew gum to replace brushing your teeth or flossing your teeth. Brushing twice and flossing once daily is recommended to effectively remove plaque; however, it is clinically proven that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can further help prevent decay.

The ADA has approved, certain brands of gum that is effective in making your oral health better. Look for the ADA seal/mark the  next time you buy some gum!  It's good for your teeth!

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