What You Should Know About Chewing Gum

Did you know that some gum has earned the ADA’s seal of approval? Does that mean that chewing gum is good for your teeth? Should you add chewing gum to your daily routine?

In reality, gum, even with the ADA’s seal of approval, can be good and bad for your teeth. When you eat, acids form from leftover food particles. While it may seem that brushing your teeth is the obvious solution, this acid will actually weaken your teeth. Unfortunately, if you brush while your teeth are weakened, you could be causing damage. Fortunately, after twenty minutes your teeth will strengthen and it will be safe to brush again. In the meantime, your saliva will negate the acid in your mouth, and the chewing motion promotes saliva flow. In other words, chewing gum after you eat can help you protect your smile.

Unfortunately, chewing gum can also lead to problems. As you probably know, chewing inedible things—such as pens—can lead to fractured teeth. However, did you know that if you chew frequently you could also be unintentionally training your jaws to clench? Sadly, clenching, which is also known as bruxism, can lead to serious issues. That means that chewing gum can actually increase the odds of clenching, also known as bruxism. If this is the case, you could wear down your teeth which leads to sensitive teeth. If you are experiencing jaw pain and you chew gum regularly, we recommend contacting Dr. Dr. J. Lee Sharp and Dr. Quinn Martin soon for advice that meets your individual need.

Overall, chewing gum can benefit your smile or lead to problems. If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Smiles Dental at 541.673.3552. We’re eager to hear from you soon.