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What do you know about chewing gum? Do you ever wonder how much chewing gum could damage your teeth? While chewing gum could damage your teeth, would you be surprised to learn that you could also enjoy a number of benefits from chewing gum? If you decide to chew gum, there are a few things you should know.

Many people assume that chewing gum is bad for your smile because of the sugar that your teeth could be exposed to. And this is true. So if you choose to chew gum, please use sugar free gum. There are real benefits to chewing gum you should consider. For example, the chewing motion can stimulate saliva production, which creates a healthy environment where good bacteria can thrive.

When you choose your gum, you may want to consider finding one with xylitol instead of one flavored with artificial sweeteners. Much like saliva does, xylitol could actually create an environment where your good bacteria can thrive. Furthermore, xylitol can actually stop bad bacteria from bonding to your teeth.

Still, please note that some argue that chewing gum could actually train your muscles to clench your teeth. In other words, if you chew gum often, you could increase your chances of bruxism or TMJ disorder.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Scott A. Young, DDS at 704-541-5900. Our dentist, Dr. Scott A. Young, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.