Health Tip: Chew Sugarless Gum08/17/11
(HealthDay News) -- Bacteria that contribute to dental plaque
crave sugar. These bacteria produce plaque acids that aid in tooth
decay by breaking down tooth enamel.
Chewing sugarless gum, however, can help promote a healthier
mouth, the American Dental Association says. The ADA mentions these
possible benefits of chewing sugarless gum:
- Chewing helps boost the production of saliva, which can help
wash away acids that can damage teeth.
- Increased saliva includes more calcium and phosphate, which can
help strengthen tooth enamel.
- Sugarless gum contains sweeteners -- such as aspartame,
sorbitol or mannitol -- that don't contribute to cavities.
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