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Can Chewing Gum Really Clean Your Mouth?


Posted on 12/23/2021 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
Can Chewing Gum Really Clean Your Mouth?Most adults, children, and teenagers enjoy chewing gum. It is a fun activity that people associate with the relaxation of the mind and nerves. However, many people make the mistake of associating chewing gums with good oral health. At our clinic, we constantly try to educate and advise our clients on the safest and proper dental habits. We do this to improve their dental health and help them avoid damaging habits that can ruin their oral health unknowingly. Even though there are some benefits associated with chewing gums, you need to be aware of the risks associated with the fun habit.

What are the dental benefits of gum?


Our dentists recommend chewing sugar-free gum. This is because it prevents tooth decay and in the long run protects you from developing cavities. The American Dental Association also recommends chewing gum in the prevention of tooth decay and cavities.

There is an increase in saliva levels when you are chewing gum. The increased saliva assists in the washing away of bacteria, food particles, and sugars that remain in your mouth. Saliva also neutralizes acids in the mouth which can eat into your enamel. Therefore, sugar-free gums help maintain the integrity of your enamel and ultimately prevent tooth decay and cavities.

Risks associated with chewing gum


The risk involved with chewing gums relates to the regular sweet gums that many people like. The increased sugar content can lead to tooth decay and ultimately tooth cavities. Excessive chewing can also cause you to grind your teeth leading to cracks developing on your teeth.

When you come in for an appointment at our practice you will get the education that demystifies myths associated with chewing of gums. This will be important for maintaining your optimal oral wellbeing. You can also get your queries answered by giving us a call and talking with one of our experts.

Randolph Center for Dental Excellence
Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman



(336) 444-2772

134 Davis Street
Asheboro, NC 27203-5469


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