Eating healthy is one thing dentists always encourage their patients to do. They endorse foods that strengthen a person’s dental structure, such as dairy or leafy greens; or at the very least, are not harmful to one’s teeth. There is a distinct line between these types of food, and foods that are or are not healthy for the teeth are always apparent.
Well, almost always. There is still, of course, the anomaly in the form of sugarless gum.
Not an anomaly people would contest, but a stretch from the typical chicle pellet nonetheless. Sugar-free gum is a dentist-designed, patient-tested ‘sweet’ that bolsters the strength of teeth after meals where brushing is inaccessible. These confused confections work by boosting the flow of saliva, washing away food and neutralising acids.
Since saliva contains calcium and phosphate, this process also strengthens the outermost layer of teeth. But, sugarless gum does not solely rely on prompting the mouth to cleanse itself. Xylitol, the ‘not-so-secret ingredient’ of teeth-friendly gum, if you will, works as the perfect substitute to sugar. It consists of 33% less calories per unit, and aids in the remineralisation of teeth.
A Sweet Advantage
People may argue that regular ‘sugary’ chewing gum does the same, and we would be wrong to disagree. But, the key factor is also the primary distinction between the two types of gum: sugar. According to dentists from All Smiles Dental Care Implant Centre, bacteria cannot produce plaque without sucrose, and this makes sugarless gum significantly superior right from its modifier.
Most, if not all, sugar-free gum brands tout how numerous dental organisations approve them. Being an ‘after meal treat’ is merely an afterthought to their sole purpose, which is to promote the practice of maintaining oral health immediately after any activity that may compromise it.
Three meals a day comes as a far too regular necessity for people to take their apparent side effects for granted. People need to chew on something that will not destroy their teeth for once. Or twice. However often they eat.