Chewing gum is an enjoyable pastime that not only tastes good but can be good for your teeth. All chewing gum can help aid in strengthening your oral anatomy, however the really sugary gums, can do more harm than good. Gum that has high sugar content, can infect the enamel and seep into the tooth and cause cavities or tooth decay. Sugar-free gum is the best gum to chew for your oral health because it will help produce more saliva that will remove any excess food particles or plaque acid. For dental implant patients, plaque buildup is their worst enemy because if it seeps into their gums, it will travel to their jawbone and it will deplete their bone. Once depletion occurs, the anchorage of the dental implant that was held together through the process of osseointegration, will loosen and fall out. Bacterial infections for dental implants are a serious threat and recently there have been many cases of dental implant patients with peri-implantitis, an inflammatory disease that causes gum inflammation and depletion of bone. Chewing sugar-free gum will allow dental implant patients to regulate the amount of plaque buildup on their teeth, to prevent bacterial infections from forming and preserving the function of their implants.
Benefits of Chewing Sugar-free Gum
ADA (American Dental Association) approved sugar-free gum, has been studied and proven to effectively aid in maintaining oral hygiene. With the extra production of saliva from chewing gum, the saliva will wash away excess plaque or food particles. Saliva will also reduce acidity, which will break down plaque. Remineralization of calcium and phosphate minerals will also be returned to the enamel.These minerals are important for our teeth to retain strength. Dental implants cannot procure cavities, but they can develop bacterial infections that can be very damaging, so it is important to regularly remove plaque from your dental implants. Chewing gum is an easy way to remove plaque acids in between meals.
Plaque is a sticky substance that clings onto your teeth. Acids can be very harmful to your teeth because it can deteriorate your enamel. Saliva will normally replace lost minerals within an hour. However, chewing gum for at least 20 min after eating, will increase the process of remineralization. Saliva production will also neutralize acids with fermented carbohydrates. In addition, chewing gum will also help patients who have dry mouth. Many dry mouth sufferers, utilize sugar-free gum to relieve their symptoms with the extra saliva production.
Types of Sugar-free gum accepted by the ADA
- Trident® Sugar-free Gum
- Dentyne Ice Sugarless Gum
- ICE BREAKERS ICE CUBES Sugar Free Chewing Gum
- Stride Sugarless Gum
- Wrigley’s Extra Sugar-free Gum
- Wrigley’s Orbit for Kids Sugar-free Gum
- Wrigley’s Orbit Sugar-free Gum
Contact Dr. William T. Griffin at City Center Dental Care in Newport News, VA
Dental implant patients need to maintain oral hygiene with their dental implants because it can cause damaging effects not only for your dental implant system, but your overall body health. Many people do not realize that poor oral health can translate in body illness or issues. If bacteria enters the blood stream via the gums, it can cause blood clots, respiratory issues, exacerbate existing illnesses, and much more. Chewing sugar-free gum is an easy and effective way to aid in your oral hygiene regimen and will help neutralize plaque acids and harmful bacteria. If you have any further questions regarding dental implants, then please contact us to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation today!