Did you know that some gum has earned the ADA’s seal of approval? Does that mean that chewing gum is good for your teeth? Should you add chewing gum to your daily routine?
In reality, gum, even with the ADA’s seal of approval, can be good and bad for your teeth. When you eat, acids form from leftover food particles. While it may seem that brushing your teeth is the obvious solution, this acid will actually weaken your teeth. Unfortunately, if you brush while your teeth are weakened, you could be causing damage. Fortunately, after twenty minutes your teeth will strengthen and it will be safe to brush again. In the meantime, your saliva will negate the acid in your mouth, and the chewing motion promotes saliva flow. In other words, chewing gum after you eat can help you protect your smile.
However, there is a risk to chewing gum. Teeth grinding—which is also known as bruxism—is a common problem. Unfortunately, if you chew gum you could train your jaw muscles to be more comfortable clenching. That means that chewing gum can actually increase the odds of having bruxism. If this is the case, you could wear down your teeth which leads to sensitive teeth. If you are experiencing jaw pain and you chew gum regularly, we recommend contacting Dr. Scott Elrod soon for advice that meets your individual need.
In essence, chewing gum could great for your smile and your breath—especially in moderation. Conversely, you could be exposing yourself to future problems if you aren’t careful. If you would like more information, please feel free to give Distinctive Dental Services a call at 979-297-0337. We will be happy to address any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you!