Did you know that some gum has earned the ADA’s seal of approval? Does that mean that chewing gum is good for your teeth? Should you add chewing gum to your daily routine?
In reality, gum, even with the ADA’s seal of approval, can be good and bad for your teeth. When you eat, acids form from leftover food particles. While it may seem that brushing your teeth is the obvious solution, this acid will actually weaken your teeth. Unfortunately, if you brush while your teeth are weakened, you could be causing damage. Fortunately, after twenty minutes your teeth will strengthen and it will be safe to brush again. In the meantime, your saliva will negate the acid in your mouth, and the chewing motion promotes saliva flow. In other words, chewing gum after you eat can help you protect your smile.
Unfortunately, you should be careful if you decide to chew gum. For instance, please remember to find a sugar-free pack. Sugar creates an environment where the bacteria in your mouth can thrive, which could negate any benefits you could have from chewing. Bruxism is another threat that comes because of frequent chewing—especially when you are chewing on something inedible. Teeth grinding—which is also known as bruxism—is a common problem. Unfortunately, if you chew gum you could train your jaw muscles to be more comfortable clenching. That means that chewing gum can actually increase the odds of having bruxism. If this is the case, you could wear down your teeth which leads to sensitive teeth. If you are experiencing jaw pain and you chew gum regularly, we recommend contacting Dr. Waite or Dr. Trebisovksky soon for advice that meets your individual need.
Overall, chewing gum can benefit your smile or lead to problems. If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Sandpiper Dental at 763-561-7000. We’re eager to hear from you soon.