Everyone loves candies, chocolates, toffees and chewing gums. They are all sweet and come in a variety of flavours. Where chocolates, candies and toffees are enemies of your teeth, the same can’t be said about chewing gums. We often pick up a strip of mint flavoured chewing gum strip while shopping at a mall or grocery store. But, are chewing gums are good for us?
Chewing gums are actually friends of your teeth, provided they are of the right kind. By right kind of chewing gum, we mean sugar-free chewing gums that do not cause cavities or increase blood sugar levels.
What type of chewing gums are available and how to pick the right one?
There are primarily three types of chewing gums available in the market today.
The most popular kind of chewing gums are sweetened with sugar. These are like chocolates and candies which wreak havoc in your mouth by causing multiple cavities. These are the types of chewing gums you need to stay away from.
The second kind are chewing gums that are sweetened with artificial sugars. These are slightly better than the sugar- sweetened variants but still not the kind you should go for.
The best type of chewing gums that one should opt for are alcohol- based chewing gums with commonly contain xylitol. These chewing gums have multiple benefits:
- Absence of sugar makes them teeth friendly and prevents development of decay
- Helps maintain the pH of your mouth
- Xylitol is said to prevent tooth decay and these chewing gums prevent development of cavities
- Chewing gums increase saliva production in the mouth and help rinse out any food debris or acids from teeth surfaces. This again, prevents tooth decay.
- Excess saliva helps strengthen your teeth enamel due to minerals in it.
The American Dental Association recommends sugarless chewing gum and few brands also have its seal of approval on them.
So, now we know that chewing gums are actually good for your oral cavity and its health. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal is a good way to cleanse your teeth. Go on …get chewing!