Clean your teeth on the go!
Looking to keep your teeth clean and healthy during the day but don’t have time to brush? Grab some chewing gum! Sugar free gum has been shown to clean teeth, fight tooth decay and freshen breath. There are several reasons that gum is a good choice during the day.
Chewing gum removes food particles from your teeth. Most food that is harmful to your teeth stick around long after meals. Therefore, it is important to remove the food before the bacteria in your mouth can start using it for their own food. Chewing gum removes the food and doesn’t stick to your teeth to be eaten up by the bacteria. In addition, sugar free gum usually contains sugar alcohols that bacteria cannot break down into energy.
Chewing gum also promotes saliva production. Saliva is the bodies natural defense to tooth decay and gum disease. Saliva contains calcium to help rebuild the enamel on the surface of the tooth. Saliva also contains enzymes that fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Chewing gum can stop the bacteria in your mouth from growing. Six grams of xylitol a day has been shown to decrease the risk of cavities. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that inhibits the growth of bacteria, and therefore reduces the chances of getting a cavity. Brands such as Ice Breakers and Mentos Fresh both contain xylitol. If you own a pet, be careful they don’t ingest xylitol because it has been shown to be harmful to dogs.
If you are on the go and need to clean your teeth and freshen your breath, be sure to grab some gum. Make sure it is sugar free and chew away!