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The Benefits of Chewing Gum: Advice from Boise Dentists

There are some added benefits to chewing sugarfree gum in addition to freshening your breath. An ingredient called xylitol is used by a lot of the mainstream sugarfree gum makers. Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol and has a different chemical make up than regular granulated sugar. The sugar-alcohol interferes with the bacteria in your mouth and their ability to metabolize and produce acid which contributes to the breakdown of tooth enamel. Therefore it can be a very beneficial ingredient.

Chewing sugarfree gum with xylitol stimulates the production of saliva and has been shown to help reduce tooth decay by up to 40%. When used as part of your oral care routine, chewing sugarfree gum can neutralize the plaque acid attacks which can cause tooth decay. Chewing sugarfree gum with xylitol such as Orbit or Trident with xylitol after meals and snacks is a convenient way of maintaining good oral care throughout the day, or when brushing your teeth is not possible. If you have any questions about oral care, don’t hesitate to ask your local Boise dentists at your next appointment with Summit Dental Boise.