Should I Only Chew Sugar-Free Gum?
We’ve heard time and time again that sugar, from candy to soda, is bad for your teeth. But what about when it comes to chewing gum? Gum has been around for a long time, with evidence as far back as 9,000 years ago when it was made mostly from tree resin or sap. Today’s gum is much different, made with mostly synthetic ingredients and mixed with softeners and sweeteners for flavor. The act of chewing gum actual has some health benefits, but it’s the addition of sweeteners that can cause oral health problems. Those sweeteners are often made from sucrose, which can produce acid when mixed with your saliva that will deteriorate your enamel and increase the chance of getting a cavity. As your trusted dental advisers, Dr. Dyer and his team at Fort Bend Periodontic & Implantology highly recommend going the sugar-free gum route. Here are a couple more reasons why: