Does Chewing Gum Have Oral Health Benefits?

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Tue, 01/27/2015

You may have been told that chewing sugar-free gum can help prevent cavities, but just how much do you need to chew and when is it best to chew it? Researchers from the University of Groningen in Holland may have found the answer.

In a recently published study, the Holland research team found that chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes immediately following a meal can remove up to 100 million bacteria from the teeth and gums. However, this same study found that chewing gum longer than 10 minutes had the exact opposite effect – allowing all removed bacteria to be re-deposited in the mouth.

What this study suggests is that, yes, chewing sugar-free gum after eating can help prevent cavities, so long as you only chew it for 10 minutes. Anything longer and you risk undoing any health benefits you have achieved.

Fresno dentist Dr. Gregory Miyake encourages patients to chew gum as part of their overall oral health routine. When done responsibly and combined with brushing and flossing, sugar-free gum can help prevent cavities and keep breath fresh after eating.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Fresno area of California, please contact Gregory G. Miyake, DDS today to schedule an appointment.