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Have you ever heard that chewing your gum is bad for your teeth? There may be some truth in this. However, chewing gum can also lead to a number of dental benefits. You see, chewing gum can be detrimental or beneficial—depending on the type of gum you chew.

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.

However, please note that chewing gum is still potentially dangerous for some individuals. You see, some argue that chewing gum can actually increase your damage of TMJ or bruxism. Furthermore, these individuals believe that chewing gum could actually be conditioning your jaw to clench on its own.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. J. Whitley Wills at 901-726-9525. Our dentist, Dr. J. Whitley Wills, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.