Chewing gum isn’t just something to hand to kids in order to keep them busy for a few minutes, in fact it can be beneficial for much more. Your kids, grand kids, or even neighbor kids would be delighted to hear that chewing gum actually can do wonders for your oral health. And although it would be nice to say that sugar ridden gums like Bubblicious make the list, the true benefits only come from the sugar free alternative. Read on to learn more about the three perks of sugar free chewing gum.
- Freshens Breath
Depending on the flavor of gum you decide to go with— mint or bubblegum— will help to influence just how much your breath can be freshened. Chewing gum is a great way to quickly freshen up your breath after a meal with friends, family, or coworkers. After all, you don’t want to be known as “garlic breath” for forever.
- Produces Saliva
Did you know that your saliva does a lot more than just keeping your mouth feel comfortable all day long? Saliva acts as a natural form of mouthwash— working to rid your mouth of harsh bacteria and plaque that can cause cavities and tooth decay. Accompanied by drinking a lot of water throughout the day, chewing sugar free gum is also a great way to aid in ensuring that your mouth stays as healthy as possible.
- Acts As a Temporary Brush
If you are like most people, you probably don’t carry around a toothbrush in your pocket or purse. And although in a perfect world, it would be nice to brush your teeth directly after every meal, that’s simply easier said than done. However, by chewing sugar free gum directly after every meal, you can help to pick up any excess food, bacteria, or plaque that may be lingering on your pearly whites. Then as soon as you get home, you can give your teeth a good scrub down with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
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