Did you know that some gum has earned the ADA’s seal of approval? Does that mean that chewing gum is good for your teeth? Should you add chewing gum to your daily routine?
In reality, gum, even with the ADA’s seal of approval, can be good and bad for your teeth. When you eat, acids form from leftover food particles. While it may seem that brushing your teeth is the obvious solution, this acid will actually weaken your teeth. Unfortunately, if you brush while your teeth are weakened, you could be causing damage. Fortunately, after twenty minutes your teeth will strengthen and it will be safe to brush again. Fortunately, while you’re waiting for your teeth to strengthen again, your saliva can negate these acids. Incidentally, your saliva will also carry away food particles to keep your breath fresher. Luckily, the chewing motion will promote saliva flow, keeping your teeth strong and healthy. However, if you choose gum, make sure to choose one that is sugar-free. Sugar can promote an environment where acids can thrive.
However, there is a risk to chewing gum. Teeth grinding—which is also known as bruxism—is a common problem. Unfortunately, if you chew gum you could train your jaw muscles to be more comfortable clenching. That means that chewing gum can actually increase the odds of having bruxism. If this is the case, you could wear down your teeth which leads to sensitive teeth. If you are experiencing jaw pain and you chew gum regularly, we recommend contacting Dr. Michelle Metcalf soon for advice that meets your individual need.
Overall, chewing gum can benefit your smile or lead to problems. If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Smiles Dental at 509.850.3050. We’re eager to hear from you soon.