Health Tip: Chew Sugarless Gum
-- Bacteria that contribute to dental plaque crave sugar. These bacteria produce plaque acids that aid in tooth decay by breaking down tooth enamel.
Chewing sugarless gum, however, can help promote a healthier mouth, the American Dental Association says. The ADA mentions these possible benefits of chewing sugarless gum:
- Chewing helps boost the production of saliva, which can help wash away acids that can damage teeth.
- Increased saliva includes more calcium and phosphate, which can help strengthen tooth enamel.
- Sugarless gum contains sweeteners -- such as aspartame, sorbitol or mannitol -- that don't contribute to cavities.
Posted: August 2011