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Chewing gum can’t possibly be good for your oral health, can it? After all, don’t we always here about how detrimental chewing gum is for your oral health? However, thanks to an ingredient called xylitol (or sorbitol), chewing gum may actually have great benefits for your oral health.
Determining if chewing gum is healthy or not for you is highly dependent on what kind of gum you are chewing. If you are chewing gum that is full of sugars, you are doing a disservice to your oral health by introducing these sugars to your mouth for prolonged periods of time. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are chewing sugar-free gum that contains an ingredient by the name of xylitol, you are helping your mouth fight diseases like gum disease and cavities. In many studies, xylitol has been found to be more effective than fluoride at protecting your teeth against decay. You can read more about xylitol, here.
In addition to introducing xylitol to your mouth, sugar-free chewing gum can also stimulate your salivary glands, helping you to avoid dry mouth. Dry mouth is a contributor to cavities, as it results in inadequate saliva to counterbalance the acids and sugars from the foods and beverages you consume.
Chewing sugar-free chewing gum can help prevent the following oral health issues:
It is critical to make sure you are chewing gum that is sugar-free, and you should always look for xylitol in your chewing gum!
Are you in need of oral health care?
If you are concerned about tooth decay, and want to do more than just your normal oral hygiene routine, you might want to change your dietary choices.
The team at Royalton Dental Associates in North Royalton, OH wants your teeth to be as healthy as possible. By including these things in your diet, you can increase your chances of remaining cavity free.
1) Eat your fruits and veggies.
Many fruits and veggies are great for your oral and overall health. Pineapples, celery, and pears are especially good for your oral health.
2) Stick to sugar-free sweets.
If you are eating sweets, especially candy, make sure it contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that actually prevents cavities from developing.
3) Chew sugar-free chewing gum.
As with some sugar-free candy, sugar-free gum may contain Xylitol. When you are looking for gum to buy, you should look specifically for a brand that contains Xylitol.
4) Drink wine and eat raisins.
There are studies that show a chemical component in wine and raisins that fights the bacteria that causes cavities to develop.
5) Consume more dairy products.
There is a protein in dairy products called casein that is extremely beneficial to your oral health. Casein is found in yogurt, cheese, and more!
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