The Oral Healthcare Benefits of Chewing Gum!
- Did you know your mouth stays acidic after meals/acidic food intake for 30 – 45 minutes on average?
- As a result of this, the enamel begins to erode/dissolve
- That enamel can easily be abraded due to the acidity whilst brushing immediately after meals or as a result of frequent snacking
- To avoid prolonged acidity after meals, it is encouraged to neutralise the acidity by eating cheese at the end of a meal or using a mouthwash or chewing sugar free chewing gum for about 10-20mins thereby encouraging increased salivary flow rate!
The oral healthcare benefits of chewing sugar free gum, such as Wrigley’s Extra, are well proven. Independent research has shown that chewing sugar free gum after eating and drinking increases the production of saliva and that this increased saliva flow helps the neutralisation of plaque acids, helps maintain tooth mineralisation and helps reduce oral dryness.
Chewing sugar free gum, in addition to the routine of twice-a-day brushing and especially after eating and drinking during the day, is a simple and enjoyable step to improving your oral healthcare. And it’s a convenient way to look after your teeth whether you are in the car, in the office or ‘on the go’.
If you would like any further advice on your oral healthcare please do not hesitate to contact us either through our website or call us on 01332 220623.
Posted by Bridge Dental and Implant Clinic on 17th January 2014, under Uncategorized