Whether you’re a parent, a sibling or a babysitter, if you’ve been around children they have probably asked you for a piece of gum. Although some might battle kids’ chewing gum habits, in moderation, it can actually be a beneficial part of your oral health routine, according to the American Dental Association. The ADA reviews specific brands of chewing gum and gives many sugarless varieties its stamp of approval. Chewing gum is especially helpful after eating because gum stimulates the mouth’s production of saliva. Saliva is important for several reasons. In addition to washing away leftover food particles, saliva actually fights mouth diseases, neutralizes acids that cause cavities, and helps keep tooth enamel strong.
Of course chewing gum cannot replace other dental health routines. We still want you to get regular checkups, brush at least twice a day, floss and use mouthwash. To learn more about chewing gum and dental health, click here.