Does Chewing Gum Replace Brushing Your Teeth?

If you’ve heard the rumours that chewing gum is as effective as brushing your teeth, you’re not completely wrong.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), sugarless gum containing xylitol helps prevent tooth decay, especially after eating. More than just freshening your breath, chewing gum can also help improve your oral health.  These are just a few benefits of sugarless gum.

Benefits of chewing sugarless gum:

Studies from the  University of Groningen in the Netherlands have found that:

Does chewing gum replace brushing/flossing?

Not at all. Chewing gum is great if you can’t brush immediately following eating or drinking, but it should never be used as a replacement. You should keep up with a good oral health regime – brushing and flossing twice daily and regular dental checkups.

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