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Does Gum Chewing After A Meal Clean Your Teeth?

Posted on 3/21/2022 by Platte Valley Dental Care
Does Gum Chewing After A Meal Clean Your Teeth?Although chewing gum is not a replacement for brushing your teeth, it can significantly help you improve your teeth' health. It helps your mouth produce saliva, which helps clean and protect your teeth. The saliva does this by neutralizing the acidity in your mouth. When this happens, the acidic bacteria in your mouth are eliminated. This leaves your teeth free of their worst enemy: acid. Chewing gum after a meal is a great way to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Sugar Vs. Sugar-Free Chewing Gum

There are two types of chewing gum; sugar and sugar-free chewing gum. When purchasing, it is essential to choose the right chewing gum to benefit your teeth. The sugar-free chewing gum is ideal for your teeth as it will not cause any harm to your teeth and gums. If you choose one filled with sugar, it will lead to cavities, decay, and cause gum issues. This is because bacteria in your mouth will feed on the sugar for energy, and they will begin eating away your teeth' enamel.

Xylitol In Chewing Gum

Many sugar-free chewing gums have Xylitol, which is a natural sweetener. The good news is that this substance does not cause any teeth cavities or decay. Xylitol helps keep away harmful bacteria and fungi that might result in oral infection. They are the best to use if you know that you will not brush your teeth immediately after taking food or any snack.

Is Chewing Gum Enough to Keep My Teeth Clean?

Chewing alone is not enough to keep your teeth clean and healthy. They only help to eliminate some bacteria in your mouth. Because chewing gum cannot clean between your teeth, flossing is essential in ensuring that all parts of your teeth are clean. You must also brush your teeth, drink water, avoid smoking, and most importantly, see your dentist regularly. You are welcome to get the best dental services here at our dental clinic.

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