Dentist in Sydney discusses chewing gum and cavities
Chewing gum can make your dental cavities go away! – Family Dentistry
Did you know that scientific research has proven that chewing gum with the natural sweetener Xylitol can help cut down on dental decay and even remineralise early cavities?
Xylitol occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables and is produced commercially from plants such as birch and other hard wood trees and fibrous vegetation.
In younger patients who have their 6 year or 12 year molars erupting it can have lasting effects and reduce caries by 70% on these teeth. It inhibits the growth of S. Mutans the germs most associated with dental decay. It has a significant effect on reducing plaque.
Chewing sugar free gum stimulates saliva flow which alleviates dry mouth. Dry mouth (Xerostomia) is associated with a significant increase in cavities.