Does sugarless gum really make a difference to your a healthy smile? As it stands, it does, but not in the way that you may think. Although sugarless gum has been shown to fight cavities, it is not from the gum itself, but rather the saliva that is produced from the act of chewing it. Your saliva fights bacteria in the mouth that are bad for your teeth and gums. Conversely, while gum with sugar can also produce saliva, but it would be counterproductive as the effects of the sugars would nullify any advantages gained from chewing.
Of course, sugarless gum isn’t a replacement for your daily diligent brushing and flossing habits. But proper oral health care habits such as daily brushing and flossing in combination with sugarless gum are powerful allies for your smile.
Another benefit of sugarless gum for your smile is its effect on the acids in your esophagus and stomach which can damage your teeth. Studies have shown that sugarless gum can help prevent heartburn, making it good for your smile and your health.
Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci wants to make sure your oral health care needs are taken care of. If you would like to set up an appointment for a professional exam with Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci, please call 610-678-5858 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, to speak with a member of our team. The future of your oral health is yours to control, let us help make it great!