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Sugarless Gum Chewing; Good or Bad? Part I

Chewing sugarless gum is not only great at giving fresh breath but also plays a significant role in improving your health. It has been scientifically proven that chewing sugar-free gum is beneficial for the teeth as it helps strengthen your cavity-fighting efforts. Sugar-free gum has artificial sweeteners that are harmless to the teeth, unlike regular gum which contains sugars that cause cavities. The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes sugarless gum as a valuable tool for helping your teeth and preventing tooth decay. Here are a few health benefits of chewing sugar-free gum:


Oral Health Benefits


Increased Saliva Production


The act of chewing and the flavors of the artificial sweeteners stimulate the production of saliva and overall salivary flow in the mouth which washes away food particles neutralizes acids and introduces disease-fighting substances in the mouth. The saliva also contains beneficial minerals like calcium and phosphate that help to repair early decay and strengthen the enamel for better protection against tooth cavities. Increased saliva production also reduces dryness in the mouth. Regular gum contributes to increased salivary flow; however, the presence of sugar promotes the formation of plaque.


Prevents Against Tooth Decay

Clinical studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals will significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay. This is because sugarless gum is sweetened with xylitol which can inhibit the growth of decay-causing bacteria as it makes it more difficult for bacteria to stick in the mouth. Having lost the ability to stick to the teeth, the bacteria are unable to turn into plaque, reducing the formation of tooth cavities. Further, the gum prevents enamel erosion as it supplies essential minerals that make the enamel stronger giving it a better chance to fight against decay and cavities.


Reduces Tooth Sensitivity

Sugarless gum chewers also experience less sensitivity and tooth pain in previously sensitive teeth. According to a research report by the British Dental Journal, patients who chewed on sugar-free gum after a teeth whitening appointment had significantly less sensitivity as compared to those who do not chew gum. This benefit was linked to increased saliva production as a result of chewing sugarless gum.


Contributes to Better Performance

Chewing sugar-free gum not only benefits the gums and teeth but the mind and entire body as well. Studies have shown that sugar-free gum chewers have a higher level of memory retention, alertness, concentration, attentiveness and mental acuity as compared to non-chewers. It was also seen to contribute to better test scores and performance.


Helps in Weight Management

For those seeking to lose weight or maintain their weight, a sugar-free gum is a great alternative to help you keep in shape. Chewing of sugarless gum results in controlled cravings for sweet snacks, intake of lower food quantities and reduced feelings of hunger. By cutting down on your daily calorie intake, you can manage your weight better.


It’s worth noting that chewing sugarless gum shouldn’t serve as a substitute for good oral hygiene. It’s just a supplementary method of cleaning the teeth and preventing tooth cavities meant to reinforce your dental health routine. Brushing twice a day, flossing and regular dental visits to have your teeth examined and professionally cleaned should never be compromised to achieve healthy and strong teeth. Always look for sugarless chewing gum with the ADA Seal.


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