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Do you ever wonder if something you enjoy doing is good or bad for your teeth? For instance, do you ever wonder if chewing gum could actually damage your smile? Would you be surprised to learn that chewing gum could actually hurt your teeth–and that chewing gum can also have a number of benefits?

Many people assume that chewing gum is bad for your smile because of the sugar that your teeth could be exposed to. And this is true. So if you choose to chew gum, please use sugar free gum. There are real benefits to chewing gum you should consider. For example, the chewing motion can stimulate saliva production, which creates a healthy environment where good bacteria can thrive.

When you choose your gum, you may want to consider finding one with xylitol instead of one flavored with artificial sweeteners. Much like saliva does, xylitol could actually create an environment where your good bacteria can thrive. Furthermore, xylitol can actually stop bad bacteria from bonding to your teeth.

Still, please note that some argue that chewing gum could actually train your muscles to clench your teeth. In other words, if you chew gum often, you could increase your chances of bruxism or TMJ disorder.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Phillips Ranch - Family & Cosmetic Dentistry at 909-860-0321. Our dentist, Dr. Howard Glassman, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.