Did you know that you can avoid dry mouth symptoms with chewing gum? Chewing gum helps promote saliva flow, which keeps your mouth moist, and lowers your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. However, many forms of chewing gum contain sugars, so stick to sugarless chewing gum.
Chewing sugarless gum has many benefits beyond just dry mouth symptoms. According to numerous studies on the topic, chewing sugarless gum for a period of twenty minutes, preferably after eating, can increase your mouth’s production of saliva, which has been shown to effectively remove plaque, and bacteria, and in turn help protect your teeth and tooth enamel against tooth decay and cavities.
Chewing sugarless gum has also been shown to be effective in the prevention and treatment of heartburn and heartburn related symptoms due to harmful acids traveling up your esophagus. If these harmful acids were to reach your teeth and gums, they can erode away your tooth enamel and even destroy your gum tissue. Chewing sugarless gum can help stimulate saliva flow to neutralize the acids that may be traveling up your esophagus as a result of heartburn.
For an oral examination at Sunshine Dental Group at our dentist office in El Monte, California, please book an appointment with Dr. Jorge de la Osa and our team by calling 626.579.4274. We look forward to hosting your smile!