Studies have revealed that chewing sugarless gum after meals can help prevent tooth decay; it increases the flow of saliva which is important to wash away food debris, to provide disease- fighting substances, to neutralize acids produced by bacteria and to strengthen tooth enamel by carrying more phosphate and calcium. Chewing sugar- containing gum also increases saliva, but the sugar contained helps plaque bacteria produce the decay- causing acids.
Though chewing sugarless gum is important for your teeth, it is not a substitute for flossing and brushing. It is better if you choose chewing sugarless gum with ADA seal, which is an assurance that it has met the ADA criteria for effectiveness and safety.
So, do not say “no” to your child when he or she wants chewing gum while shopping; choose the kind containing xylitol that can prevent the bacteria causing cavity as well as future dental problems. Actually, chewing sugarless gum is not only good for your teeth, but it can also improve your memory and help you overcome cigarette craving.
Furthermore, it helps you lose weight; studies have shown that chewing gum can help manage hunger and control craving. It is revealed that people who chew gum consume less calories than those who do not because it helps them resist snack and treat craving.
Chewing gum can be so helpful, if you make it a substitute for a candy bar or a doughnut or a bag of chips. You can use a piece of gum to prevent the mindless snacking while watching TV or to resist high- calorie temptations. Nevertheless, do not overdo it because sorbitol found in most sugar- free chewing gum can act like a laxative and cause chronic diarrhea.
The bottom line is to think of gum as a tool to satisfy your yearning for sweets, but at the same time you should not forget bout your nutritious snacks from vegetables and fruits.