Written by: on October 17, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

womanwonderingwavyWhen it comes to anything that’s sold in the check-out line or the candy aisle, the immediate assumption is generally that it’s probably not safe for your smile. When the topic of chewing gum comes up, we find that patients have all sorts of ideas about whether it’s okay (or not okay). The good news is that it can be good for your oral health if you’re making wise decisions (don’t worry, you don’t need a ton of wisdom for this one!). Let us steer you in the right direction, so you’re enjoying yourself and keeping your teeth and gums safe.

Can I Chew Sugary Gum?

The answer will always be no if you want to chew gum that contains sugar. Remember that sugar on your dental tissue results in an increased chance of decay and other oral health problems. Why? Well, because bacteria like to eat sugar and carbohydrate particles. As you chew, each chomp coats your teeth with more sugar. However, don’t immediately assume that gum is entirely out of the question. Just remember that if there’s sugar in it then it is definitely not an option!

Can I Chew Sugarless Gum?

Yes, you may! We even encourage it to protect your oral health. It’s always important to read the ingredients list on your gum because if it’s free of sugar, you’re in the clear. We also suggest that you look for gum that is sweetened with an ingredient called xylitol. You see, all sugarless gum will help pull problematic particles from your teeth, protecting you from decay. However, only gum with xylitol will also help stop plaque from adhering to your teeth.


To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with one of the experts at the Comfort Dental Group, then contact us today by calling our office at (248) 474-6434. We welcome patients living in and around Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Northville, Westland, and Dearborn Heights, MI.

Catogories: General Dentistry, Patient Education

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