Does chewing gum hurt my teeth?
Like so much in life, it depends. Sugar-containing chewing gum can increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease, as it feeds bacteria and promotes plaque. Sugarless gum, though, can actually be good for your teeth. In fact, some sugarless gum carries a seal of approval from the ADA (American Dental Association).
Chewing sugarless gum promotes the flow of saliva, rinsing bacteria from the mouth and reducing the risk for tooth decay. Although it is no substitute for brushing and flossing, chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following a meal is an excellent way to cleanse the mouth when brushing is not possible.
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