Chewing Gum for Your Oral Health | East Cedar Dental

Sugary, sticky, and sweet candies can increase the risk of tooth decay. However, chewing sugarless gum approved by the ADA, like the ones available at East Cedar Dental, can actually help protect your teeth and prevent decay. Here’s how it works:

How it Works
Chewing gum boosts saliva production. Chewing sugarless gum for twenty minutes after meals helps prevent tooth decay by washing away food and debris from your teeth. Increased saliva flow also neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. Over time, these acids can break down tooth enamel, leading to decay. Saliva contains calcium and phosphate, which strengthen tooth enamel.

Look for the ADA Seal
The ADA Seal guarantees that the gum is sugarless and meets the ADA’s safety and effectiveness criteria. ADA-labeled products undergo testing to ensure they deliver the promised benefits. Companies must provide all relevant data to the ADA for certification. If you can’t brush after a meal, chewing gum with the ADA seal is an excellent way to clean your teeth.

Can I Stop Brushing if I Chew Gum?
No. Chewing gum after a meal helps, but it’s not a substitute for brushing and flossing. You should brush at least twice a day, for two full minutes each time. Chewing gum also doesn’t replace regular dental check-ups. Our dentist recommends scheduling two visits each year, with additional visits for high-risk patients.

Chewing sugarless gum offers significant oral health benefits by increasing saliva production. While it helps prevent decay-causing bacteria buildup, it shouldn’t replace brushing or flossing. Our dentist advises choosing an ADA-approved brand of sugarless gum.

To schedule your next visit, please contact East Cedar Dental Inc.

East Cedar Dental Inc
Phone: (860) 667-0875
59 East Cedar Street
Newington, CT 06111
About the Doc: Dr. Farrokh began his career by earning his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Rochester in New York in 1998. He went on to earn his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington.