CHEWING GUM: GOOD OR GUNK?
So, you just had a pretty hectic morning at work. Numerous clients have come and gone and finally the clock strikes 12. Yes, it is finally time for lunch. As you sit down to have your scrumptious meal of homemade parathas and vegetable curry, you suddenly remember you have an interview in 10 minutes. You are forced to stuff that heavenly good meal in your mouth and rush to the meeting place. As you get up to leave you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and notice that today’s lunch was not kind to your teeth. Panic washes over as you scramble to find a toothbrush in your bag but to no avail. Suddenly, you notice a pack of chewing gum in your side pocket. As you pop one into your mouth, sweet relief takes over. You are finally confident enough to ace that interview!
Does chewing gum aid in keeping your teeth clean and getting you ready for your big appearance?
This has long been debatable since long, but now you don’t need to worry because you are at the right place. Keep reading to find it out.
Is chewing gum good for your teeth?
Yes! Chewing gum good to your teeth and it is beneficial. Unlike chocolates and other gooey goodies, chewing gum is the way to go. There! We said it. For all you sweet tooth out there this is probably one of the easiest ways to keep your mouth in good condition.
Which type of chewing gum should we chew?
We will give you the facts: it is imperative to know that not just any of your favorite bubblegum will do. The chewing gum you opt for must be sugar free – which is quite easily available these days. You might think chewing sugar free gum would be boring and flavorless, but these types of gum usually have a naturally occurring sugar substitute known as Xylitol.
Xylitol is known to have numerous health benefits. It prevents the growth of Streptococcus mutans, a cavity causing oral bacteria. In the presence of Xylitol, the adhering capacity of nasty bacteria to the tooth enamel reduces by a significant amount, preventing the accumulation of plaque and dental tartar.
Can I skip the act of brushing and resort only chewing gum?
Before you jump to any conclusions, we would hate to shoot you down, but we are afraid there is no actual alternative to the act of brushing. Maintaining proper oral hygiene includes brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Remember to also visit the dentist’s office (as much as you would hate to) twice a year.
(But the act of chewing gum in addition to your daily regime is beneficial to your teeth.)
What if my chewing gum does not contain Xylitol?
Usually, all your sugar free gums do contain Xylitol, but may also contain a chemical known as CPP – ACP. (Casein Phosphopeptide- Amorphous Calcium Phosphate)
It is more commonly known as Recaldent. This remineralize and hardens tooth enamel thus preventing caries.
Is the gum the one doing all the work?
Well the chemicals inside these chewing gums do help your teeth, but you will be surprised to know that even the simple act of chewing releases saliva which neutralizes the enamel- degenerating acid in your mouth.
(No acid on enamel – less chance of dental problems.)
Does saliva have other health benefits?
Increase in salivation increases the amount of calcium, removes superficial food particles, and dilutes the complex sugars in addition to breaking them down.
(As a bonus, your breath will smell fresh and minty!)
So, in conclusion.
With all these numerous options simply waiting for you at the checkout counter at your daily supermarket, you now have the knowledge on how to please your sweet tooth AND protect it from cavities! Guess dental research is not all that bad huh.
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This post is written by Naaz Memon.