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Help protect your teeth by chewing gum

Chewing gum is hugely beneficial for your mouth, providing the gum you are chewing is sugar free. There are now so many types available, with so many weird and wonderful flavours but containing a lot of sugar too.  Sugar free chewing gum contains Xylitol, a natural sweetener which is found in certain fruit and vegetables.  It tastes as sweet as sugar but does not cause tooth decay.  Xylitol is especially good for teeth as it helps to stop plaque sticking to teeth.

How does chewing gum help?

Chewing gum can help protect against tooth decay. This is due to the chewing motion of your teeth creating more saliva in your mouth. This extra saliva acts as a buffer to your teeth washing away and removing any food particles that could then mix with the bacteria in your mouth causing plaque. When you eat sugary foods, the carbohydrates mix with the bacteria in the plaque producing acid which attacks the enamel. Saliva created by chewing will also help reduce the effect the acid has on the enamel.

It may not always be possible to brush your teeth when you are out and about and not everyone carries their toothbrush and paste with them. Chewing gum in between meals will provide that little bit of extra protection for your teeth.  Your teeth have to last you your life time so anything that will be beneficial and help keep your teeth healthy is worth doing.  Chewing gum is not a substitute for tooth brushing.  This must still be done twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Other benefits of chewing gum

Chewing gum also help freshen breath.  Many are mint flavoured and the flavour is released slowly over a period of time.  It also helps if you suffer from dry mouth creating extra much needed saliva.  This can be caused by certain medical conditions.

What happens if I swallow chewing gum?

If your swallow chewing gum there is no need to panic.  It will work its way out of your system like everything else.  Its always better to throw the gum in the bin rather than swallow it.  There is always the risk of choking on the gum so always discard of it safely.

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