Sugarless Gum Can Improve Oral Health

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, 7:51 pm

Chewing sugarless gum containing xylitol can actually help improve your oral health. Chewing sugarless gum does two things. First, the action of chewing gum scrubs your teeth and activates saliva flow which rinses away debris. Secondly, studies have shown that the sweetener xylitol actually inhibits bacterial action in the mouth and can help keep bacteria from adhering to teeth.

Keeping teeth cleaner and keeping bacteria from adhering to teeth reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Tooth decay begins when the bacteria in our mouths encounter any substance that they can use for food – sugar is a great example. The bacteria feed on the sugar and then produce acids which soften the tooth enamel. Since the bacteria are being fed they multiply and form colonies which stick to the teeth. The acid produced by these colonies eventually results in tooth decay.

Getting your teeth cleaned every six months removes these bacterial colonies, keeping the gums healthy and reducing your risk of tooth decay. Adding products containing xylitol, like sugarless gum or mints can help reduce bacterial damage between cleanings. Studies have even shown that regular use of products containing xylitol can change the balance of bacteria living in the mouth – fewer bad bugs that cause decay and gum disease and more of the good bacteria that our bodies need!

Xylitol is now being added to toothpaste, mouth rinses and can even be purchased as an artificial sweetener for home use. Too much xylitol can cause stomach upset in some people so it is best to start slowly adding these products to your daily routine. Try chewing xylitol gum after lunch or after an afternoon snack at work. Without a toothbrush you are helping to clean your teeth and maintain good oral health!

Find out more about keeping your smile healthy by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in beautiful Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and schedule your next visit!



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