- January 9, 2018
- Cedar Lodge Dental
by Morgan Fulton, RDH, BSDH
If your busy lifestyle means that your eating habits are changing from the traditional three meals a day to more snacking while you are on-the-go, then now would be a good time to include chewing sugar-free gum in your oral hygiene routine.
Do you eat breakfast in the car, have a mid-morning snack at your desk, grab some crackers for lunch, eat an afternoon treat to keep you going, with tea or coffee in between? The fact is that this is not good news for our teeth which come under continuous attack from the plaque acids that form on teeth and can damage the enamel while all this snacking is going on.
Every time we eat or drink the pH balance in the mouth changes, dropping into a danger zone where tooth demineralization can happen. The simple and convenient step of chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating and drinking is a terrific addition to twice-a-day brushing because it helps neutralize those plaque acids, wash away food particles, and stimulates saliva production.
Research shows that on average we consume two or three snacks outside of meals every day. The science is simple enough: chewing increases the production of saliva which helps clean the mouth and neutralize plaque acids, so it’s a non-disruptive and easy oral care habit when brushing and flossing just isn’t possible.
So if your lifestyle means that you are snacking more to keep you going during busy days, keep some sugar-free gum nearby at your desk or in the car to help keep your teeth clean and healthy!