There are things that wouldn’t shock you about chewing gum if we were to say them. If we said “it’s so bad!” or “you should avoid it at all costs!” you would probably just nod your head, as you think to yourself that you have heard it all before. However, what might shock you? If our Austin, TX team suddenly started singing its praises and even encouraged you to head out as soon as you can to pick up a pack for the sake of your oral health. Well, we might not be quite so enthusiastic in our approach but we do have some interesting things to share!
#1: It’s Actually Safe For You (Without Sugar)
As long as the stuff you’re selecting to enjoy does not include sugar in the ingredients list, then it’s actually safe for you to chew sugarless gum. Yep, you heard it straight from our dental care practice: Unless we determine during a checkup with you that chewing gum is bad for your unique oral health, it can be quite safe if not advantageous. See? A bit shocking.
#2: In Fact, It Is Downright Beneficial!
Now that we have completely flipped your belief about chewing gum on its ear, it’s time to explain the details that can actually make it safe, if not beneficial, for your oral health. It’s all quite intuitive when you think about it:
- Chewing it for a spell can remove food that’s stuck to your teeth
- Chewing sugarless gum can also remove plaque and its decay-causing bacteria
- When you chew, you salivate; salivation helps you enjoy a mouth that’s being rinsed and that is heading toward a neutral pH and away from an acid one
#3: However, It’s Bad For Functional Disorder Sufferers
Then, just when you thought you had it all figured out, you received yet one more shock in terms of chewing gum: Yes, it can be wonderful for your oral health when we’re discussing hygiene-related concerns. However, if you are someone who deals with a functional disorder, meaning bruxism (grinding and clenching) or TMJ disorder (issues with your jaw joints), then the excessive chewing that is required of gum? It’s not for you. It may be in the future but for now, come in to learn more about how we can treat you!
Learn More Smile Care Tips
When you need some tips and tricks to get through your day, while making smart choices to keep your smile clean, safe, and healthy, remember to ask us. We are always excited to share simple, effective details! Schedule a visit with your dentist in Austin, TX by contacting Austin General Dentistry today at 512-346-5540.