Chewing Gum for Your Oral Health | Obinna Nwankwo DMD

At Ultra Smiles, we understand the allure of sugary treats, but we also know the importance of protecting your teeth from decay. Surprisingly, chewing sugarless gum approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) can actually play a role in safeguarding your oral health. Here’s how gum can benefit your teeth and what you need to know:

How it Works:
Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which is your mouth’s natural defense against decay. By chewing sugarless gum for twenty minutes after meals, you can help wash away food particles and debris from your teeth’s surface. Additionally, increased saliva flow can neutralize acids produced by bacteria, preventing enamel erosion and decay. Saliva also contains essential minerals like calcium and phosphate, which strengthen tooth enamel.

Look for the ADA Seal:
When choosing gum, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal ensures that the gum is sugarless and meets the ADA’s safety and effectiveness criteria. ADA-approved products undergo rigorous testing to guarantee the promised benefits. So, if you can’t brush your teeth immediately after a meal, chewing gum with the ADA Seal is a convenient way to help clean your teeth.

Can I Stop Brushing if I Chew Gum?
While chewing gum can complement your oral hygiene routine, it’s not a substitute for brushing and flossing. You should still brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Additionally, regular dental check-ups are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. Our dentist recommends scheduling biannual visits, with more frequent appointments for patients at higher risk of oral health issues.

Chewing sugarless gum offers noticeable benefits for your oral health by stimulating saliva production and aiding in cleaning teeth. However, it’s essential to remember that gum should not replace brushing and flossing. If you choose to chew gum, opt for an ADA-approved sugarless brand for maximum benefits.

To schedule your next dental visit and ensure your oral health is on track, please contact Ultra Smiles. Our team is dedicated to helping you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.


Ultra Smiles of Valley Ranch
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8870 N. MacArthur Blvd. Ste 100
Irving, TX 75063

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