Biting Into Your Health – Gum Chewing Effects

Did you know that chewing gum could actually improve your oral health? This was new information to me because I have been told all my life that chewing gum destroys our teeth and gums. This information does hold true; however certain gums that are sugar-free with xylitol or sodium fluoride, will help clear food remains. Chewing gum stimulates more secretions of saliva and saliva plays a role in clearing off remaining contents from the mouth and in between teeth. This also neutralizes the pH in our mouth enabling the teeth to re-mineralize.
Weak acids such as fluoride benefit our oral health. Fluoridated water has been introduced in America since 1960. This has contributed to a decline in tooth decay. Fluoride is commonly found in toothpaste and water. It is noted that fluoride does control tooth decay but it does not reverse or cure the disease. Brushing our teeth with fluoride and consuming fluoridated water is enough to control the disease. Excessive amounts of fluoride is not necessary, a pint of fluoride in dental care is enough to control oral cavities.
Practical methods to control and prevent tooth decay include brushing teeth daily with fluoridated toothpaste preferably after every meal. Cleanse the mouth with water or Listerine products after consuming food. Use xylitol gums to stimulate saliva in the mouth. Eat a balanced diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Include dairy products in your diet because calcium plays a big role in tooth strengthening. Avoid processed foods, carbonated beverages, acidic foods and sugar foods. If these items are consumed make sure to rinse the mouth with water. It is especially critical for children to reduce their consumption of high sugar foods since they happen to have sweet tooth. Children are growing and developing and at this critical stage it is important to develop strong, and healthy teeth to last a lifetime.
Why is it important to take care of our teeth and how will it effect or lives? Tooth decay leads to diet that are mechanically soft, chopped or pureed. None of us want to lose that quality of life to be able to chew normal foods. Many patients over the age of 65 struggles with their chewing mechanism and this are related to lack of dental care and aging. Many eventually loose their teeth and end up with pureed foods for the rest of their lives. In order to prevent such discomforts it is critical to control the disease before it advances.

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