Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tooth Time//Chewing Gum

It's Tuesday so it must be....
Chewing Gum
Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.
Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal because you can be sure it's sugarless. All gums with the ADA Seal are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. Further research needs to be done to determine the effects of chewing sugar-containing gum on tooth decay.

I am always chewing gum but it's more out of habit than to prevent cavities. It's good to know that it does have a benefit other than freshening your breath:)

Here's our dinner for tonight-
If you miss my menu for the week, it can be found here towards the bottom of the post!

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  1. I like chewing gum but it gives me headaches! I'm glad to see that it's actually doing something good too! Your dinner sounds delicious too!

  2. My son once started chewing gum before dinner and I told him he had it all wrong. He said "Nope", I chew before and after. Why? Because it stopped him from "picking" at dinner before it's ready. Good idea huh?

    Love your recipe!! ;)

    1. Haha that's a great idea! I like the way he thinks:)