If you’ve always thought that chewing gum was bad, then think again. There are some new things about gum that you should know, and that might actually benefit the health of your teeth. That’s all thanks to Xylitol! Xylitol is a unique ingredient that actually prevents plaque from being able to cling to itself or build up on the teeth. In fact, getting as many as 5 exposures to Xylitol a day has been proven to remove just as much bacteria from your mouth that toothbrushing does.
It’s easy to do. Just keep a pack in your car, purse, or desk, and chew a piece after each meal or snack. This works great when you’re not able to get to a toothbrush, especially if you’re prone to history of tooth decay. Xylitol works great no matter what age you are (as long as you’re old enough to chew gum.) It’s also available in other forms such as drops or sprays at your local health food store.
It’s still important to avoid chewing gum if it isn’t sugar-free, or you have TMJ discomfort. Gum that contains sugar can cause cavities like no other, often creating large areas of decay deep within a tooth that can only be diagnosed through an x-ray. Chewing gum will also cause irritation or discomfort for people with TMJ pain.
The next time you’re at the supermarket, grab a pack of gum at the check out isle that contains Xylitol. Many major manufacturers now carry it. You can chew it guilt-free and with the added benefit that you know you’re keeping your teeth healthier.
Posted on behalf of Envy Smile Dental Spa
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