The only constant in the world is change! (that’s cliche) It is now time to make a change to our oral hygiene routine and upgrade to a more effective plaque control process. We all may be brushing twice a day and rinsing intermittently but in the time interval between our morning and evening brush, our teeth are under tremendous attack from acids secreted by plaque bacteria.
There is new evidence to prove that introducing sugar-free chewing gum into our oral hygiene routine is beneficial in numerous ways. There is an extensive backing of scientific studies approved by 17 dental associations worldwide including the FDI (World Dental Federation), ADA (American Dental Association) and IDA (Indian Dental Association) which claims that chewing sugar-free gum helps to protect dental health.
This is how!
Our teeth are at a risk of acid attack after we eat or drink anything, especially if it contains sugar. Plaque Bacteria in the presence of these sugars produce the acid which in turn dissolves the enamel and dentine of our teeth leading to dental cavities. Sugar-free gum is sweetened with 100% xylitol. This along with other ingredients of sugar-free gum are not ferment-able by oral bacteria rendering it completely safe for the teeth.
Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes stimulates salivary flow by mechanical and gustatory action thereby increasing saliva production up to ten times the resting state. Saliva is the mouth’s natural defense against acids by buffering and neutralizing the effect of plaque acids in the mouth. Increased saliva flow accelerates clearance of food debris and dietary carbohydrates and helps wash away food particles from the mouth. Saliva contains fluoride, phosphate and calcium which helps strengthen teeth, hence more saliva leads to stronger teeth. Increased saliva reduces de-mineralization of enamel and in fact speeds up re-mineralization of enamel affected by plaque acids thereby reducing tooth decay by 40%.
Lastly is the convenience of carrying this little portable oral health tool with us anywhere, at home, in the car, at a function or in office!
Chewing sugar-free gum has also proven to show health benefits in other arenas such as reducing situational stress, support for diet and weight management, increase focus, concentration and alertness.
Hence, the change we should adopt:
- Brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing everyday
- Meeting your dentist once in six months even if you have no complaints
- Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating or drinking!