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Friday, April 26, 2019

Chewing gum good for teeth- after eating or drinking


Dear Readers and Patients,

Chewing gum can be very useful after eating or drinking when it is not possible to brush your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Chewing gum on its own helps promote oral health, helps clean teeth and helps freshen breath.

What happens after eating or drinking?

After meal our teeth are at risk of acid attack. The acid is produced by plaque bacteria and the sugars in our food and drinks. Our goal is to reduce this acid attack by brushing our teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and many unpleasant complications associated with them. 

Please have a look at my previous post: Tooth Decay and Sugar
https://www.drtrenkova.com/2019/05/sugar-and-tooth-decay.html

When it is not possible to brush your teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste the chewing gum is a good option.

Why?

Because it helps protect your teeth and gums.

How?

It helps the mouth to produce more saliva. The saliva is our natural defence against the acids and helps protecting our teeth and gums. More saliva means a faster way to neutralize the drop in pH that occurs after eating.

You can look at my previous post about the role of saliva- Dental caries Causes
https://www.drtrenkova.com/2009/08/dental-caries-factors.html

How long is chewing recommended?

It is recommended chewing for up to twenty minutes after meal or drink. Frequent and continuous chewing also creates a risk of "loosening" of the mandibular joint and the occurrence of subluxations.

Something very important…..

To achieve the effect, chewing gums must be sugar- free.

You can see my post- Xylitol for teeth- why is it useful for the strength of the teeth?

https://www.drtrenkova.com/2019/04/xylitol-why-is-it-useful-for-strength.html

And let's not forget, however, chewing gum does not replace the need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. I also recommend cleaning the inter-dental surfaces (between the teeth) with inter-dental brushes or floss each time before brushing. 

Please have a look at my previous post: Preventive dentistry- the Priceless way
https://www.drtrenkova.com/2010/03/preventive-dentistry-priceless-way.html

Faithfully yours,
Dr. Trenkova

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