Monday, July 4

Is chewing gum bad for your teeth?

Contrary to what one might think, chewing gum is not bad for your teeth, provided you choose them well and don’t abuse them.

Chewing gum obviously does not replace brushing your teeth. Nevertheless, it helps to maintain good oral hygiene. As the famous dental surgeon Dr Never, author of the book “Smile like never before!” (ed. Solar), “it can indeed be an ally, if and only if, it is sugar-free”.

After a meal, when you can’t brush your teeth, chewing a sugar-free chewing gum allows in particular “to remove food particles which can remain stuck between the teeth and which could cause cavities”. The specialist specifies that ideally “it should be chewed between 15 and 20 minutes”.

raise the pH

On the other hand, chewing makes it possible to salivate more and thus to raise the PH, unit of measurement of acidity. When you eat, you should know that the PH of the mouth decreases. Consequently, “the acidity of the mouth increases and the teeth are more susceptible to attack”.

Chewing gum will therefore “protect the teeth”. But be careful, it should not be abused, warns Dr. Never, followed by nearly 3 million people on tiktok.

“If you eat it in excess, it can be very harmful for the temporomandibular joints (junction areas between the temporal bone and the lower jaw, editor’s note)”.

In addition, chewing gum has a beneficial action in case of bad breath, not only thanks to its taste, but above all “because it therefore promotes salivation, and this phenomenon helps to eliminate the bacteria responsible for bad breath. “.

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