Is chewing gum as useful as TV commercials announce us every day? Does it really protect against tooth decay and plaque at the same time ensuring long lasting fresh breath? What do dentists think about it?
Chewing gum is made in the food industry as a mean to clean teeth and provide freshness of the cavity. It is also a great stimulant of salivary secretion. A composition of chewing gum often includes elastic gum and aromatic flavor additives. Under the influence of teeth, saliva, and temperature of the mouth, chewing gum becomes softer and you start feeling its flavor. When chewing, saliva release becomes more active and it cleans mouth cavity.
Some positive effects of chewing gum are chewing muscle workout and a good cavity cleaning. When chewing gum, you stimulate blood flow in your gums. However, chewing gum too often can lead to negative impact on your teeth. Therefore, chewing gum is not recommended if you have parodontosis.
Dentists do not recommend chewing gum which contains sugar. This kind of chewing gum gives more harm than benefits. In addition, they recommend chewing gum not longer than 15 minutes, until the taste remains.
You should chew gum only after eating something. Otherwise you may experience some negative effects related to intestines and stomach diseases.