We have all chewed gum sometime in our life, whether to freshen our breath or to pass the time. Have you ever wondered if the gum you are chewing is damaging your teeth?
Guess what? The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and did we mention that saliva provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Yea, we know, salva is pretty amazing.
Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal because you can be sure it's sugarless. All gums with the ADA Seal are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol.
Chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids.
Don’t get it twisted though, chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and flossing.