Half your dental bills with chewing gum!!


Could it be true???

Chewing gum began to become popular around 1800 when settlers learned the habit from Native Americans.  Shortly after this, chewing gum began to be manufactured in Europe and sold to the curious public, and we have been enjoying it ever since.

As a fortysomething I was brought up believing chewing gum was bad for my teeth just like chocolate, and back then it was universally laden with sugar and was indeed a disater for teeth.

Half your dental bills with chewing gum containing xylitol                Half your dental bills with chewing gum containing xylitol

More recently, most but not all chewing gum has become sugar free.  This has changed it from a dental problem into a dental solution.

Obviously getting rid of the sugar has helped enormously, but why are dentists now recommeding chewing gum so strongly?

The main reason is it increases the saliva you produce.  Saliva helps clean the teeth but more importantly it neutralises the acids that cause tooth decay.  

Large studies have been carried out on this effect and it is estimated that regular sugar free chewing gum use reduces cavaties by 50%!!!!!!

Recent studies have indicated that gum sweetened with xylitol may be even better with decay reduction by up to 75% but this is not yet proven.

This is a game changer for people who have a lot of dental decay.

   Half your dental bills with chewing gum containing xylitol   

Are they any negatives to chewing sugar free gum?

  1. Excessive chewing can very rarely lead to a condition known as temporomandibular disorder.  This is a problem with the jaw that makes it painful to chew.

    if you have chewing or night grinding issues it may be best to avoid gum as:

         2. it has been linked to migranes though no firm link has been established.

         3. Some gums have a laxative effect so it might be best avoided for people with irritable bowel syndrome.


What is the best gum to chew?

Any gum with xylitol as the sweetner unless you have irritable bowel syndrome in which case gum sweetner with stevia may be best.

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