Chewing gum has amassed its share of tales over the years from if it’s swallowed it will remain in your digestive tract to chewing it can rot your teeth. But just what is the truth about chewing gum, can it be beneficial for you?
Well, you’re in luck! Below, we’ve debunked three common misconceptions — how many of these did you know?
Myth 1: Chewing Gum Remains In Your Digestive Tract for Years
Survey says: not likely! While your body is unable to break down or extract nutrients from gum, it still travels through your digestive tract just like any other indigestible substance, such as fiber. According to Duke gastroenterologist, Nancy McGreal, MD, “In all the upper endoscopies I have done in both children and adults, I have yet to see a wad of gum lying around in the stomach.”
Myth 2: Chewing Gum Causes Cavities
Not all gum is created equal! While sugar-sweetened gums saturate the teeth in sugar, which isn’t the best for dental health, studies show that sugarless gum can actually help prevent tooth decay! How so? Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva flow, this not only washes away food and debris but helps to strengthen tooth enamel. Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal! (Hint: Sugar-free Trident, Orbit, Extra, to name a few)
Myth 3: You Can Substitute Brushing with Chewing Gum
Hopefully, none of our patients believe this! Chewing gum should not be a replacement for proper oral care. While yes, chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva and can be beneficial post meals, brushing for two minutes, twice daily and regular flossing are the keys to a lifetime of dental health.
Have questions or concerns about how to keep your little one’s teeth healthy for all of time? Contact us today! We’ll be happy to debunk more myths you may have on your mind.