A form of chewing gum has been around since the 1850’s. Back then, it was made of tree sap and now it is made up of a blend of synthetic materials. Though there are many brands, flavors, shapes, and ingredients, many are proven to protect your teeth, but how?
There are currently no chewing gums on the ADA list that contain cavity-causing sugars; all sugarless gums are artificially sweetened with things like aspartame and sorbitol. Sugarless chewing gum with the ADA Seal has demonstrated that it is scientifically proven to improve the health of your teeth.
The increase in saliva as a result of chewing gum washes away bacteria and acids that live among your teeth. Our saliva carries calcium and phosphates that help strengthen our teeth. The acids and bacteria in your mouth are known for breaking down tooth enamel and this causes you to be at risk for tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can prevent tooth decay, plaque, and gingivitis. It also freshens your breath.
Chewing gum that receives the ADA Seal goes through a series of evaluations to prove its safety. These evaluations are done by scientific experts and the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. The chewing gums must reduce plaque acids, remineralize tooth enamel, reduce cavities, etc. The gum must also prove to be safe for sensitive oral tissue, as illustrated by results of lab studies and clinical studies.
Keep in mind, that although chewing gum has proven to be affective at increasing mouth health, it isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing at least twice a day. If you would like to schedule an appointment for a teeth cleaning or have questions about if a chewing gum is ADA approved, contact us.