According to the Oral Health Foundation you don’t need to chew gum advertised as cavity-fighting in order to improve your oral health. Chewing any regular sugar free gum can help prevent cavities by removing food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. Chewing also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps clear away food, strengthen teeth, and reduce the levels of acid in your mouth that cause tooth decay. Chewing gum is even more effective at preventing cavities if it contains a sugar replacement called Xylitol.
It depends upon the type of gum you chew. Chewing gum containing sugar can increase the chance of cavities whereas sugar-free gum helps to clean teeth. Sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol reduces decay-causing bacteria.
If you are experiencing any type of jaw pain or TMJ, then it would be better to refrain from chewing gum.
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