Is chewing gum good for you?

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Chewing sugar-free gum stimulates the production of saliva, which can neutralize and wash away acids that are produced by the bacteria in your mouth.

Many may think of chewing gum as a treat, however, the ADA recognizes that there are many sugar-free gums that have been scientifically demonstrated to help protect your teeth and gums in between meals when it may not be possible to brush.

Your teeth are more at risk of acid attack after you have eaten. The acid is produced by bacteria and the sugars found in our foods and drinks, and it slowly dissolves away the enamel and dentine of the tooth, producing a cavity. You can help reduce this acid attack by chewing sugar-free gum soon after eating, as it helps the mouth to produce more saliva, which is your mouth’s natural defence against acid.
Having bad breath or a dry mouth can also be caused by a reduction in saliva, so chewing sugar-free gum can help reduce these symptoms.

Always check the label to make sure the chewing gum doesn’t contain any sugar. Remember that plaque can start to form again within half an hour of cleaning your teeth, so be sure to keep up your regular daily routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing.

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