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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

You may think of chewing gum as candy, but certain kinds can help to protect your teeth.

Not all gums are created equal, though. To date, the only gums with the American Dental Association's Seal are sugarless. Chewing sugarless gum has been shown to increase the flow of saliva, which can reduce plaque acid, strengthen teeth, and reduce tooth decay. Chewing sugar-containing gum also increases saliva flow, but the sugar it contains is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids.

For a listing of ADA-approved gums, go to

Source: American Dental Association,
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    2954 days ago
    Thank you for this blog. I think the issue in school with gum was how it was disposed of. You can walk along a city street and see where gum has made itself part of the macadam. I don't know what the cost of removal of it is, but I am sure it is a problem for many.

    My Mom had tuberculosis when she was young and had to go to a sanitorium. She was a stickler for how we disposed of our tissues, gum, candy wrappers, etc. When I see people spit in public, there is a very good reason that it is against the law.
    2956 days ago
    I wish I could chew gum but wih dentures it is hard. I use to chew bubble gum all the time. Can't eat and blowbubbles.
    2956 days ago
  • FLAME42
    Good info for those that find chewing gum comfortable. TMJ makes that unpleasant for my of us.
    Remember - when we were students AND teachers how that was an issue. Don't chew gum in class. Today there are so many bigger issues for teachers to deal with.
    2956 days ago
    Thanks for sharing!!
    2956 days ago
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