Chewing gum has made the jump in recent years from confectionary to boosting your dental health through cavity control and plaque protection. A number of high profile dental health agencies including the American Dental association have recognised the benefits of chewing gum. This has meant that chewing gum has enjoyed spectacular growths in sales over the last few years. But just what is it about gum that makes it so good for your teeth?
There are many benefits associated with stimulating saliva through the chewing of gum. It is the simple motion of chewing that stimulates the salivary glands and produces more saliva. In theory you could chew anything but gum is convenient and can be made to taste in many flavours.
Research indicates that there are further health benefits from chewing gum that include keeping plaque at bay, strengthening enamel and cleaning the teeth. Chewing gum can also help to reduce gum disease and bleeding gums. There are also some studies that show that chewing gum can have wider health benefits including helping weight loss and improving short-term memory.
However, there are a few things that you need to bear in mind when you decide to start chewing gum. One of them of course is that the gum needs to be sugar free in order to have the beneficial qualities. Obviously, chewing gum with a high sugar quotient will not be good for the teeth and could even damage them further. Low-sugar gum is widely available from most shops and newsagents, as well as specialist dental gum from chemists and your Central London dentist.