Most of us think of gum as a breath freshener or a type of candy, however the proper gum may help in protecting your teeth.
Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth and when chewing gum after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on your teeth. Over time, acid can break down tooth enamel, creating the conditions for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
As there are a very small number of gums approved by the American Dental Association and only two by the Canadian Dental Association, always be sure to look for the CDA Seal of Recognition.
The two gums currently recognized by the Canadian Dental Association that carry the Seal of Recognition are Trident Xtra Care Gum - Spearmint and Peppermint by Cadbury Adams Canada Inc.
When purchasing any dental products always be sure to look for the CDA Seal of Recognition for the best oral health care. (Photo Below).