"Is chewing gum good for my teeth?"

Q: I’ve seen those commercials where they say that chewing gum can actually be good for teeth. Is it true?
A: Chewing gum can be good for your teeth, as long as it’s the right sort of gum.

Sugary bubblegum is basically candy, and it’s not good for your teeth. But sugarless chewing gum can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum causes your mouth to produce saliva, which helps break down acids in your mouth and strengthens your tooth enamel. It’s a good idea to chew some gum after a meal, so your mouth will produce saliva that will help loosen the food particles from your teeth.
When you shop for chewing gum, be sure to look for brands with a label stating that the gum is recommended by the American Dental Association. Also check for the ingredient xylitol, as recent research suggests that it’s useful for reducing plaque.

So yes, chewing gum can indeed be good for your teeth… But remember that chewing gum is no substitute for regular brushing and flossing!

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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