Health Tip: Chew Sugarless Gum

And help spare your teeth

(HealthDay News) -- Bacteria that contribute to dental plaque crave sugar. These bacteria produce plaque acids that aid in tooth decay by breaking down tooth enamel.

Chewing sugarless gum, however, can help promote a healthier mouth, the American Dental Association says. The ADA mentions these possible benefits of chewing sugarless gum:

  • Chewing helps boost the production of saliva, which can help wash away acids that can damage teeth.
  • Increased saliva includes more calcium and phosphate, which can help strengthen tooth enamel.
  • Sugarless gum contains sweeteners -- such as aspartame, sorbitol or mannitol -- that don't contribute to cavities.
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