Is chewing gum good for teeth?

Clinical studies have found that chewing sugar-free gum for about 20 minutes after each meal can help prevent tooth decay. The act of chewing gum tends to increase salivary flow that can help wash away food particles and neutralize the acid in the mouth. Increased saliva flow lowers the PH in your mouth, provides a defensive barrier against bacteria and protects teeth against bacteria-producing acids.

Chewing gum does not replace brushing and flossing. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and cleaning with dental floss once a day to remove plaque between the teeth.

When buying gum always remember to look for sugar-free options and check for the ADA seal of acceptance on the package. This ensures that the product has been objectively evaluated for safety and efficacy by scientific experts.