American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, Dubai Healthcare City
Chewing gum has been around for thousands of years, originally it was derived from various tree saps. The first commercial chewing gum was made and sold in the US in 1848. Today, the base used for most gum products is a blend of synthetic materials including elastomers, resins and waxes to which artificial sweetners and flavourings are added.

The oral care benefits of chewing sugar-free gum has been greatly researched. Current day scientific studies prove many oral health benefits of chewing gums after snacks and meals for 20 minutes.

The benefits of chewing sugar free gum include:

Tastes great and freshens our breath

Cleans away food debris

The physical act of chewing increases saliva production in the mouth

When chewed after eating, the extra saliva produced can help neutralize plaque acid, that is produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on teeth.

Over time, acid can break down tooth enamel, creating the conditions for decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.

Reduces oral dryness

Does chewing gum replace brushing and flossing?

No, chewing gum gives additional oral care benefits but is not a substitute for either brushing or flossing . The America Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and cleaning plaque from between your teeth once a day with dental floss or other interproximal dental cleaners.

Is there any negative impact of chewing gum?

Chewing gum is a common way to relieve stress, however constant or excessive chewing can lead to jaw pain and rarely the development of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (or TMD).While constant gum chewing can lead to the development of TMJ disorder, more often it simply exacerbates symptoms associated with the condition.If your jaw pain may be due to excessive gum chewing, consider limiting your gum chewing and letting your muscles relax. If the pain persists, visit your dentist.