We all know how important brushing and flossing are to your oral care routine. But those aren’t the only key components to a healthy mouth.

Did you know that sugar-free gum is key to protecting your teeth? It helps your teeth protect itself from tooth decay, among many other benefits. Keep reading to learn more surprising benefits of sugarless gum.

Chewing increases your saliva flow

According to research, chewing sugar-free gum for even 20 minutes after a meal can help prevent tooth decay. How? As you chew sugar-free gum, you increase saliva production, which can help rinse away food particles that would normally stick to your enamel.

Do I still have to brush and floss?

Yes — brushing and flossing for 2 minutes, 2 times a day is still MANDATORY if you want to keep your oral health in tip-top shape. Chewing sugar-free gum is still beneficial, but not enough to replace your normal oral care routine.

What kind of sugarless gum should I buy?

Our doctors suggest you looking for a sugarless gum that has the American Dental Association (ADA) seal on the wrapper. Gum products with this seal mean they have been evaluated by scientific experts. To have the ADA seal, the product must meet certain requirements, including:

  • Promotes remineralization of tooth enamel

  • Reducing plaque acids

  • Reducing cavities

  • Reducing gingivitis

  • It won’t harm or damage oral tissues