Chewing gum can be a great way to keep your mouth clean, but it should only be done by those who do not currently have any issues with their jaw. If you fall into that category, then making chewing gum a regular routine is likely fine for you.
However, do yourself a favor if you are going to chew a lot of gum. Make sure it is the type of gum that contains Xylitol. This sugar-alternative goes a really long way towards helping to keep your mouth clean.
Why You Want Xylitol in Your Gum
When you chew gum with Xylitol, you get a cavity-fighting barrier that coats your teeth. On top of that, you get extra saliva in your mouth. The extra saliva coats your teeth with your body's own natural protection. This helps keep the chances of you getting cavities down significantly.
Gum also helps to rid your mouth of more particles from the foods and drinks that you consume each day. Even when you brush, there is always the chance that you missed something, even something small. By chewing gum, those particles stick to the gum. Then, your Xylitol mixture with saliva gets into those tiny places and helps to keep the tooth safe.
Gum chewing is great as long as you choose the right gum and don't overwork your jaw. It can be a painful habit if you aren't careful or do have jaw problems. The next time you go in and see your dentist, find out if there is a specific type of gum they recommend most.
Then you can ask them why they prefer that type or brand. It can enlighten you to more of the benefits that come with chewing gum regularly. Plus, it can also help your dentist see that you are taking extra steps to keep your mouth healthy.
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