What is sugar-free gum?
As the name suggests the gum has no sugar in it. The sweetness is from artificial sweeteners and thus they do not cause tooth decay. The gum after several chews releases its flavors just like any ordinary gum.
Are sugar-free chewing gums good for teeth?
Sugar-free gum is best chewed between meals when one cannot brush with fluoride toothpaste. It protects your teeth and gums.
The risk of acid attack increases when you have eaten. The acid is a result of plaque bacteria, sugars that are present in our food and drinks, it slowly dissolves in your enamel and dentine of the tooth, that produce a hole or cavity.
Chewing sugar-free gum helps reduce this attack and produce more saliva that is mouth’s natural defense against acid.
Sugar-free gums protect against dental erosion?
Acidic food and drinks such as citrus fruits, fruit juices, and fizzy drinks cause dental erosion. They start to eat into the enamel that covers the teeth and removes some of the minerals making up the enamel. By helping you make more saliva, chewing sugar-free gum can also reduce these types of acid attacks.
It takes an hour for the saliva to replace the minerals that the enamel has lost. Chewing sugar-free gum for about 20 minutes after eating or drinking can increase the flow of saliva that helps replace the minerals more quickly.