I like to always have gum on hand in case I need quick refreshment. I nixed sugary gum as a kid-a good thing, too-the bacteria that contributes to dental plaque feeds off sugar. Additionally, by breaking down tooth enamel, they produce plaque acids that aid in tooth decay. But I’ve never really discussed my affinity for the sugar-free alternative with my dentist. That being said, according to the American Dental Association, chewing sugarless gum can help promote a healthier mouth. How? The ADA says:
• Chewing helps boost the production of saliva, which can help wash away acids that can damage teeth.
• Increased saliva includes more calcium and phosphate, which can help strengthen tooth enamel.
• Sugarless gum contains sweeteners-such as aspartame, sorbitol or mannitol-that don’t contribute to cavities.
Does your dentist approve of chewing gum?