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When we were growing up we heard all these things about how chewing gum is terrible for your teeth, and that to avoid cavities we should stay away from sugary treats.
With the passing of time, advancements in dental technology and multiple studies conducted in the same area are now deeming Chewing Gum to be beneficial for our Dental Health, but there is a catch, not all of it is good, only those approved by the ADA brings all those benefits. Look for the ADA label, and you can be confident that in order to earn it several scientific studies were carried out.
Due to the aforementioned “label”, it isn’t uncommon to see gum ads claiming how each of them is better than the competition as they provide the most benefits as you chew one right after a meal, they offer anything from a Mouth-full of pearly whites to fresh breath.
But the ads fail to tell you the whole story. As much as the companies claimed to have “the best”, but, the only way to know for sure is to look for the ingredients, as they have a direct correlation with the benefits you’ll be getting, the most important one to look for is sugar.
TRADITIONAL CHEWING GUM or SUGAR-FREE
Traditional chewing gum comes fully packed with lots of sugar which are the foods the plaque bacteria needs to spread. As much sugar to put in your mouth, the more bacteria will grow, and to make matter worse, there is a kind of sugar that sticks to your teeth and makes it impossible for the saliva to remove it leading to tooth decay and cavities among other dental conditions. In conclusion, when it comes to sugary chewing gum, the verdict is you should stay as for from it as possible as it is detrimental to your dental health.
Sugar-Free Chewing Gum is sweetened using alternative products to sugar, like Sorbitol, Xylitol, and Aspartame.
- Sorbitol: Sorbitol is a natural alternative to sugar which comes in the form of Sugar Alcohol which can be found in plant materials. Sorbitol is generally used more than Xylitol. While it has no harmful effects on your Dental Health it isn’t helpful either, so, you have to be careful about its consumption.
- Xylitol: This sugar alternative comes in the form of “Sugar Alcohol” and it is found naturally in plant materials in Fruits and Vegetables.
Multiples studies have confirmed that Xylitol is actually very good for your dental health as it prevents tooth decay because it can’t turn into the acids which decay your teeth. It has also been proven to help with dry mouth. European Authorities and the FDA have recognized all the benefits of Xylitol and have been deemed to be better for your Dental Health than regular chewing gum.
- Aspartame: This one is yet another preferred alternative to sugar, unlike the two previous entries it isn’t found in nature, and it is actually sweeter than regular sugar, but, the reason why people choose it, it’s because it is low in calories. It shares some of the same benefits as Xylitol, as it does not produce the acids leading to tooth decay and it also shares the neutrality of Sorbitol as it is neither harmful nor helpful to the overall Dental Health.
Another key ingredient to look for its called CPP-ACP which stands for Casein Phosphopeptide-Amorphous Calcium Phosphate Complex but you can also find it under the name “Recaldent”. This ingredient is added to Sugar-free chewing gum to enhance and improve the dental health benefits of those chewing the gum.
Multiples studies have shown that Gum with Recaldent are less prone to cause tooth decay and it enhances tooth enamel.
When Recaldent is mixed up with either of the sugar alternatives mentioned above, it reduces the presence of the bacteria which causes cavities.
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