Well, here goes another sacred cow. Chewing gum is actually good for you, especially if it contains the sweetener, xylitol. Xylitol is a natural wood sugar that has been found to actually prevent tooth decay.
Further, chewing gum helps to stimulate saliva production which raises the pH of the mouth…..see previous article on pH. There is only one chewing gum on the market that has an extra added ingredient: Recalcident, and that is Trident Extra Care. (You’ve got to read your Trident labels.)
Recalcident is a product that helps remineralize (here’s that buzz word again) enamel. Composed of calcium and phosphate ions coated with a milk protein, it has been shown in research done in Australia to be very effective in reducing tooth sensitivity from toothbrush abrasion (see article above on Abrasivity Index), and to act as an extra reservoir of calcium and phosphorous which can penetrate relatively thin biofilms helping to remineralize demineralized tooth structure.
(Note: it will not help prevent tooth decay—it will only remineralize demineralized tooth structure, which is the pre-cursor stage of tooth decay.)
Just remember what your mom said: chew with your mouth closed—you don’t want to look like a cow! If you have further questions about oral health, or want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph Heher, please contact us today. Dr. Joseph Heher is a Salisbury dentist that has been practicing for over 30 years and is dedicated to providing the best possible oral health care to his patients.