Chewing Gum Approval
Chewing gum ranks high on many people’s top favorite lists. For many years chewing gum was looked at as a source for decay and an increased risk for cavities, but what’s the truth behind gum.
There is a category of gum that receives the ADA seal showing that is has been shown scientifically to protect the teeth. We know, go ahead and reach for a piece, but make sure the seal is on the pack.
We know the act of chewing increases salivary flow. We also know that if gum is chewed after eating that the increased salivary flow can help wash away and neutralize harmful acids. It has been proven in clinical research that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes immediately after meals can help prevent cavities.
Don’t be mistaken
While chewing sugarless gum in moderation can have some great effects that doesn’t mean we can slack off on our brushing and flossing routines. It is recommended by the ADA to brush twice a day and floss daily. Brushing whether manually or with an electronic toothbrush is still the best and most effective way to remove plaque and debris. Flossing removes plaque and debris between the teeth that even the best toothbrush just can’t reach.
So next time you go out for lunch grab a piece of sugarless gum for a treat. Don’t toss your toothbrush and floss just yet, and more importantly don’t forget to schedule your dental cleaning and exam with your dental professional. To schedule with Dentistry at Rea Village call our office at 704.846.1401.