Is Gum Chewing Really Good for Your Teeth?

There is already evidence that chewing sugar-free gum may reduce cavity formation primarily from stimulation of saliva production. Saliva has an anti-bacterial effect and additional saliva washing over your teeth is a good thing.

Now there is new evidence that chewing sugar-free gum also “traps” bacteria so that they are not available to harm your teeth.

In addition, sugar-free substitutes such as xylitol actually suppress bacterial growth as you chew gum containing those products.

Here is a list of American Dental Association approved sugar-free gum:

  • “5” Sugar-Free Gum – Wrigley
  • Dentyne Ice Sugarless Gum – Mondelez
  • Extra Sugar-Free Gum – Wrigley
  • Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Sugar-Free Chewing Gum – Hershey
  • Orbit For Kids Sugar-Free Gum – Wrigley
  • Orbit Sugar-Free Gum – Wrigley
  • Stride Sugarless Gum – Mondelez
  • Trident Sugar-Free Gum – Mondelez

Chewing gum for dental health should be in addition to, not a substitute for, good brushing and flossing.  However, gum chewing is not recommended for children under 4 years of age.

So the answer to the original question is “yes”, regularly chewing sugar-free gum can be beneficial to a preventative oral health plan. Happy Chewing!