While the title of this blog post may seem counterintuitive, it’s actually true. Chewing gum – sugar-free, of course – can have a big positive impact on your overall oral health.
To explain that impact, let’s take a look at exactly how gum helps improve your teeth and overall oral health.
Stimulates saliva production
Believe it or not, but chewing gum on a regular basis actually increases the amount of saliva you produce. This may seem insignificant, and it is until you realize the role saliva plays in your oral health.
Saliva is important in breaking down plaque (the buildup of debris and food particles along your gum line and on the surface of your teeth) and killing bacteria in your mouth that are harmful to oral health. Chewing enough gum on a regular basis helps your mouth be even more active in the fight against those bacteria.
The increased saliva production, along with the flavor of the gum, will help keep your breath fresh for longer periods of time throughout the day.
Chewing gum will help your oral health as long as you’re doing the other things you need to do – brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash on a regular basis. If you have any other questions about this tactic, or want to schedule an appoint with our team here at Wright Family Dentistry in Jonesboro,Arkansas, call today at 870.932.2300.