The Truth Behind Gum Health!
Many of us know some of the foods and drinks that are bad for our teeth, but what about something that’s neither? That’s right, we’re talking about chewing gum. In fact, chewing gum is something that many of us don’t even realize we’re doing, and something that can have serious consequences to our oral health.
80% of adolescents and children between the ages of 6 and 14 have chewed some variety of gum in the last three months, and over 60% of adults have chewed gum in the last six months. What this means is that chewing gum not only is common, but something most of us do. (1)
There are many things you need to know about chewing gum that will help you decide for yourself whether it’s healthy or not, as well as ALL-NATURAL ORAL CARE PRODUCTS that will not only REMEDY your teeth from any damage chewing gum has done in the past, but will PROTECT your oral health in the future too!
In this blog we talk about the effects of chewing gum on your oral health, and how to achieve your GREATEST ORAL HEALTH EVER!
CHEWING GUM: GOOD OR BAD?
The first thing to know about chewing gum and oral health is that there really isn’t one answer to the question of whether it’s good or not. As with many things, the effect of chewing gum in your mouth and to your oral health comes down to many factors, among them the ingredients inside it.
One of these ingredients is sugar. Many of us chew gum so much that we don’t even bother to check the ingredients or realize the amount of artificial ingredients and sugars inside them. These harmful ingredients can undo many of the potential benefits of chewing even a sugarless gum, as chewing a sugary gum like bubblegum can actually lead to an increase in plaque on your teeth. (2)
And that’s not all. Certain gums may contain resins, waxes, and other harmful ingredients you probably didn’t even think could be considered edible. And even if you do opt for gum without real sugar, many chewing gums contain ingredients like erythritol, xylitol, and aspartame, which may be surprising to know can be found in such a small stick. (3)
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Though chewing can oftentimes be considered good for your oral health, the act of chewing gum is different. That’s because chewing gum is actually what’s called parafunctional, which is another way of saying that it’s not something your body normally does. Basically, chewing gum means you’re just chewing because you want to chew.
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This opposes the body’s natural reason for chewing, which is to simply assist in the breakdown of food particles so you can swallow them easier. Aside from the consequences to your oral health chewing gum can have, this can also lead to potential problems with your jaw, which can – like so many issues related to your health – lead to other problems too. (5)
Another potential problem with chewing gum is that it can actually assist in the spread of bacteria. This spread of bacteria can then hurt your teeth and your overall oral health, leading to problems that can counter many long-thought-to-be-benefits of chewing gum, like the FRESHENING OF BREATH and a STIMULATION OF SALIVA. (6)
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THE GOOD WITH THE BAD
It’s important to know that not everything in life is always bad, so now let’s take some time to point out when chewing gum can actually be good. If you’re chewing the right kind of gum, the act of chewing can help boost the amount of saliva in your mouth, leading to teeth protection and potentially better oral health.
The associated benefits of chewing gum on your oral health can also include a lack of dryness in your mouth (hence the saliva), and potentially better breath (also assisted by saliva). Believe it or not, chewing the right kind of gum can even help moderate the pH of your mouth and help clean away plaque. (7)
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The fluctuation in the benefits and consequences of chewing gum can be overwhelming. This is why it’s so important that you maintain a CONSISTENT ALL-NATURAL ORAL CARE ROUTINE that includes ALL-NATURAL MOUTHWASH and BRUSHING at least two times per day. Just be sure you’re practicing these habits with products that are CHEMICAL-FREE and FLUORIDE-FREE! (8)
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Though there are certain pros and cons to chewing gum, some people should avoid chewing it no matter what. One group of people who should avoid chewing gum is those with braces, to whom chewing gum can cause potentially expensive damage and stick to wires.
Chewing gum should also be avoided if you’re around pets, as gum can be dangerous to your pride and joy. Children also should be guided against chewing gum, as they may be inclined to swallow gum, and gum that’s swallowed can cause damage to the intestines and potentially lead to short and long-term health consequences. (10)
Acid also has a tendency to stay in your mouth when you chew gum, which helps to deteriorate your mouth and weaken your enamel. It can also leave behind biolfilm as a result of the sucrose found in most chewing gums on the market. (11)
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