Have bad breath? Covering it up is usually a no-brainer: just reach for a piece of gum! Since a good-flavored gum usually helps our mouths feel fresher, we never really stop to think if it’s helping or hurting our teeth in the long run. Let’s take a look at which types of gum are good for your teeth and which ones aren’t so that you’ll never have to second-guess your choices.
Avoid Gum with Sugar
The number one reason why a particular kind of gum wouldn’t be good for your teeth is because it contains sugar. Sugar promotes an acidic environment in your mouth because the bacteria that live on your teeth release harmful acids when they consume sugar. That acid, in turn, can eat away the enamel that protects your teeth from cavities and staining. Since gum is sticky and stays on your teeth for a consistent and long period of time, the sugar in that gum is more likely to cause damage to your teeth.
All About Sugar-Free Gum
Can sugar-free gum be good for teeth? The answer, in short, is yes! Xylitol, a sugarless natural sweetener, not only gives gum a deliciously sweet flavor, but it is also healthy for your teeth. Xylitol is said to ward off cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth and won’t promote the development of plaque and tartar on the surface of your teeth. Look for gums with an ADA (American Dental Association) label on the packaging so you know that they’re good for your teeth!
Is Sugar-Free Gum Good for Everyone?
Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol is a great way to freshen your breath and even relieve stress without worrying about having a negative impact on your oral health. However, if you have jaw issues like TMD and TMJ syndrome, it can be painful to chew gum. Talk to your dentist if you think you may have issues with continuous chewing.
Chewing Sugar-Free Gum is NOT a Substitute for Good Oral Care
Remember, chewing gum is an excellent way to freshen your breath, but it should not be a replacement for daily brushing and flossing. Having a good oral healthcare routine is the best way to prevent any cavities or damage in the future. Visit us at Arlington Dental Excellence for assistance with any of your oral health needs. Contact us to schedule an appointment today—we look forward to seeing you!