Sugar and Gum: A Sticky Situation

by Jason 6/19/2014 8:00 AM

Are you a gum-chewing champion, always with a piece in your mouth and a pack in your pocket? Well, did you know that the sugar in some types of gum causes the natural bacteria in your mouth to eat away at the enamel on your teeth? However, all chewing gum is not created equal – so it’s possible to make smart choices that satisfy and help protect your teeth at the same time.   

Chewing gum (created by a dentist, by the way) has several benefits to it. One benefit is it increases the flow of saliva in your mouth. Saliva is the mouth’s natural lubricant and helps wash away harmful bacteria and food particles. Saliva also increases the amount of calcium and phosphate in your mouth that are thought to help strengthen tooth enamel.

When you reach for your next pack of gum, it’s easy to steer clear of any types with sugar simply by looking for “sugar-free” on the label. Even better – grab a pack that’s not only sugar-free, but lists xylitol as an ingredient. Xylitol is a natural, sugar-free sweetener that actually prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. 

So next time you’re in the checkout line, opt for sugar-free gums with xylitol to help keep your smile healthy!

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