Can sugarless gum help fight against harmful acids? The truth is yes, when necessary. When bacteria begin to pool in the mouth it forms a thin layer called plaque. With the addition of sugar, plaque can convert these sugars into harmful acids in your mouth capable of causing dental erosion. Chewing sugarless gum helps prevent both plaque buildup and harmful acids.
Chewing sugarless gum has many benefits beyond just washing away harmful ingredients. According to numerous studies on the topic, chewing sugarless gum for a period of twenty minutes, typically 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 advantageous 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 damage your tooth enamel and even destroy your gum tissue. Chewing sugarless gum can help stimulate saliva production to neutralize the acids that may be traveling up your esophagus as a result of heartburn.
For any additional questions or concerns, Celeste M. Eckerman DDS LLC is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Celeste M. Eckerman and our team at our dentist office in Minden, Nevada, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 775-782-2799. We look forward to having you as our guest soon.