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How surprised would you be to learn that gum could be good for your smile? Does that go against anything—or everything—you’ve been told? In fact, have you ever seen a pack of gum with the ADA seal of approval on it? That seal is very important because it means the gum itself is safe to chew.

In reality, gum, even with the ADA’s seal of approval, can be good and bad for your teeth. When you eat, acids form from leftover food particles. While it may seem that brushing your teeth is the obvious solution, this acid will actually weaken your teeth. Unfortunately, if you brush while your teeth are weakened, you could be causing damage. Fortunately, after twenty minutes your teeth will strengthen and it will be safe to brush again. In the meantime, your saliva will negate the acid in your mouth, and the chewing motion promotes saliva flow. In other words, chewing gum after you eat can help you protect your smile.

However, there is a risk to chewing gum. Teeth grinding—which is also known as bruxism—is a common problem. Unfortunately, if you chew gum you could train your jaw muscles to be more comfortable clenching. That means that chewing gum can actually increase the odds of having bruxism. If this is the case, you could wear down your teeth which leads to sensitive teeth. If you are experiencing jaw pain and you chew gum regularly, we recommend contacting Dr. Mauricio Martinez soon for advice that meets your individual need.

Overall, chewing gum can benefit your smile or lead to problems. If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact Gulf Coast Smiles at 239.549.0001. We’re eager to hear from you soon.