05 Jul

Dental patients in London ask their dentists about the benefits of chewing gum

Chewing gum has not always had the best reputation. Several generations saw it as, at best, slovenly and at worse, downright rebellious. It might come as a surprise to note that dental professionals are actually recommending that some of their patients chew chewing gum because of the benefits that it can have for their oral health.

If you have eaten a meal and you are in a situation where it is not possible for you to brush your teeth, chewing gum can have benefits. Of course tooth brushing is preferable and should be undertaken at the first opportunity but chewing chewing gum will dislodge some of the food debris left in your mouth, as well as some of the plaque which can cause cavities to form.

The motion of chewing gum, as anyone who does it knows, stimulates the production of saliva. This is hugely beneficial to the mouth. Saliva naturally helps in the fight against plaque and aids in the strengthening of the vital enamel that coats your teeth. By making your mouth more moist the bacteria which cause bad breath are less able to thrive too.

The most obvious benefit of chewing chewing gum is that it freshens your breath too. This makes social occasions easier and can be helpful for smokers. For anyone who has a dry mouth, chewing gum can help and stop the development of cavities which will only be painful and have to filled in the end.

Next time you have an appointment with your London dentist ask about the benefits of chewing gum; you might just be pleasantly surprised about how good it can be for the health of your mouth.