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Have you ever noticed the ADA seal of approval? It’s fairly common on products like toothpaste, toothbrushes, and mouthwashes, and even on a pack of gum? But, do you know why the American Dental Association put their approval on a pack of gum? Is chewing gum good for your teeth or for your oral health? Would your dentist say chewing gum is a good idea, or just that it’s better than other things you could be doing? Honestly, the answers to these questions may surprise you.

Despite what you’ve heard, chewing sugar-free gum won’t hurt your teeth: in fact, it can help you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The up and down chewing motion increases saliva flow, which washes away food debris, neutralizes the acid on your teeth, and strengthens enamel. To get the most out of your gum, you should chew for about twenty minutes after a meal.

Please remember to choose gum with the ADA seal of approval. This gum—while sweetened—is always sugarless. This may be important because, although it is the chewing motion and not the lack of sugar that benefits your smile, sugar promotes acid formation. In other words, chewing gum will work to negate acid, while sugar may promote its growth once again.

Of course, the most important thing you can do to maintain your oral health is still brushing twice a day for two minutes a day, flossing every day, and making regular appointments with your dentist for routine cleanings.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of chewing gum—or are interested in scheduling an appointment with us—please don’t hesitate to contact us soon. We are eager to meet you.