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Is Chewing Gum Good or Bad for Your Teeth?

Quick! What is the most prominent product on the shelves at the grocery checkout? No – not the National Enquirer! The other shelf! It’s gum of course. Americans do love their gum.

The answer to the question will it hurt or help your teeth is like most answers. It depends!

Downsides of gum.

There is no doubt that sugar is bad for your teeth. The biggest issue is that sugar promotes growth of the bacteria that can lead to gum disease, cavities and infections.

Chewing gum has also been blamed for damage to bridges, partials and other parts of your ‘repaired’ teeth.

Upsides of gum.

On the other hand, with sugar free gum now on the market, chewing gum can be beneficial in several ways.

Chewing sugar free gum can help remove food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. Chewing also helps clear away food particles and strengthens your teeth. And because chewing gum increase the flow of saliva, it can help reduce the levels of acid in your mouth that cause tooth decay!

Gum Helps Tooth Enamel?

Some gum manufacturers are beginning to add a substance known by its trademarked named, Recaldent, to their products. This is supposed to help re-mineralize and harden tooth enamel. Harder enamel makes your teeth stronger, less subject to sensitivity, and less likely to suffer from tooth decay.

We did fine with research that the ‘good’ gum is not usually available at the grocery store checkout line – but not to worry as it can be found online.  According to “Eat Clean” here is a list of the 8 best chewing gums – http://www.eatclean.com/products/clean-gum-brands.

For more tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy visit Dr. Abeyta. Her practice offers a complete range of cosmetic dentistry and restorative procedures, including porcelain veneers, crowns, and tooth-colored fillings. Her treatment philosophy is not based on a single technique or product. Each patient receives a treatment plan based on his or her unique goals and needs. Since dentistry involves comprehensive knowledge of the face, head and neck, holistic facial and dental treatments are also offered through the Medical Facial Rejuvenation Spa.

They accomplish all of the procedures without discomfort, in a relaxing atmosphere. Dr. Abeyta invites you and your family to stop by and learn more about the ways your smile can benefit from her office.

Just remember – everything in moderation and be sure to call Dr. Abeyta if you have any teeth or gum issues!

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