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Can Chewing Gum Harm My Teeth?

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Dr. Svans explains if chewing gum can be harmful to your teeth.

Dr. Svans:
It’s a complicated question and I am going to give you a simple answer.

For 99 percent of the population choosing a sugar-free chewing gum is perfect.

That one percent that I am talking about is the one that’s got debilitating temporomandibular dysfunction, meaning they have problems with their jaw joint.

Those people shouldn’t be going through the repetitive action of chewing a gum, whereas for everybody else whose got a normal function, doesn’t have any pain in their facial muscles, down through here in their jaw joint, those people can go ahead and use a sugar-free chewing gum. It’s not doing any harm.

There are actually chewing gums out now-a-days that are sugar-free that are actually good for you.

I think Trident is one of them that has ingredients that actually helps fight decay.

So those are the type of chewing gum that I would recommend that you use and they are completely harmless for your teeth and gums.

In using a chewing gum, what that, how that’s really helping you is it’s actually helping remove debris from past meals and actually removing that off of your teeth.

Without thinking too much about it, it’s kind of helping you clean your mouth which is really good of course.

It’s also promoting saliva buildup. Saliva is good. The more saliva that you have the better, that’s why it’s great to stay well-hydrated.

The more saliva that’s in there it’s really getting rid of any concentrated sugar buildup, carbohydrate buildup in there and really help keeping your teeth moist with water rather than concentrated with sugar.

About Dr. Svans:
Dr. Erik Svans, D.D.S., is a 1997 graduate of the University of the Pacific Dental School in San Francisco. He is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), American Dental Association (ADA), Arizona Dental Association (AZDA), Dental organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) and a graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and affiliated with the International College of Implantologists (ICOI). Dr. Svans specializes in Smile Design and Reconstruction, Dental Implants CEREC, Laser Dentistry, Teeth Whitening, Invisalign, and Dental Technology Advancements.

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