When Chewing Gum Can be Helpful
Although there are no health benefits whatsoever from chewing sugary gum, a recent study indicates that chewing sugarless gum can be just as beneficial as flossing in some cases.
The study from the University of Groningen in Holland presented the shocking statistic that chewing sugarless gum for ten minutes can remove 100 million bacteria from the mouth. While that is still only ten percent of the total bacteria living in the mouth at any given moment, the findings seem to suggest there is more good than harm caused by chewing sugarless gum.
It is important to point out, on the other hand, that chewing sugarless gum for more than ten minutes proved counter-productive. In fact, chewing for more than ten minute intervals reversed the benefit entirely, causing the captured bacteria to be redistributed through the mouth.
While chewing gum may have some benefit, it is clearly no substitute for regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, along with visiting a dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. When you are out with your friends and unable to brush or floss between meals, sugarless gum may be a better option than doing nothing. The truth of the matter is that even if chewing gum is as beneficial as flossing, flossing alone is not enough. There are places in our mouths that plaque and tartar hide out, and only a dentist will be able to fully clean these trouble spots. So if it has been a while since your last trip to the dentist, contact our dentist in Northridge to set up an appointment.
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