Is chewing gum good or bad?

Dentists from commercials actively urge us: “chew gum after every meal!” Is it really useful? Let’s try to figure out if chewing gum and really helps prevent tooth decay, whiten and even strengthen teeth.

So, can chewing make your teeth stronger? Doctors confirm that chewing gum strengthens the mandibular joint. Our favorite soft food does not require thorough, active chewing, and the muscles of the jaw need training. However, chewing gum is not the only way to keep muscles in good shape; it can be successfully replaced, for example, with a fresh apple or carrot.

Chewing gum pads with mint leaves on white background.

Many people believe that chewing gum after meals helps prevent tooth decay. This is partly true: chewing gum causes an active secretion of saliva, which means it relieves the oral cavity of food debris that provokes the disease. Note, however, that chewing gum does not clean hard-to-reach areas. By the way, if caries does appear, the accidental hit of chewing gum in a microcrack will only accelerate the process of destruction of dental tissue.

Advertising convinces us that special chewing gum can help whiten teeth. Of course, everyone who dreams of a snow-white smile tries to chew after drinking coffee, red wine, tea, wishing to prevent the formation of an ugly yellow plaque. In fact, only a toothbrush will help get rid of it. The fact is that the whitening gum is not able to remove the tenacious plaque. More or less effective is only that gum, which contains special hard granules, but such “cleaning”, of course, will not replace the use of toothpaste.

Why is chewing gum harmful? Experts strongly advise against chewing gum before breakfast or chewing it all day. The fact is that when chewing, gastric juice is actively secreted, and if food does not enter the stomach in the meantime, it begins to corrode the gastric mucosa, which leads to the development of acute diseases: ulcers and gastritis. People suffering from these diseases should not take chewing gum in their mouths at all.

So, chewing gum can really be helpful if you don’t have the opportunity to brush your teeth. However, you can only chew gum after eating. Do not overuse chewing gum, remember that you can chew it for no longer than 5-10 minutes. Make sure to visit your dentist twice a year – this measure is usually much more beneficial for dental health than chewing any gum.