for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth
The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of
saliva, which washes away food and other debris,
neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the
mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout
the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it
more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth
Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal because you
can be sure it's sugarless. All gums with the ADA Seal
are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners
such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol.
Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva
flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by
plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. Further
research needs to be done to determine the effects
of chewing sugar-containing gum on tooth decay.
Don’t let chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and
flossing. It’s not a substitute. The ADA still recommends
brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and
cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day
with dental floss or other interdental cleaners.
Look for chewing gum that carries the ADA Seal. The
ADA Seal is your assurance that the sugar-free chewing
gum has met the ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.
You can trust that claims made on packaging and
labeling for ADA-accepted products are true, because
companies must verify all of the information to the ADA.
Products with the ADA Seal say what they do and do what