An ADA-Approved Chewing Gum Might Help Maintain a Healthy Mouth
Posted on August 30th, 2017
The American Dental Association maintains a comprehensive website to help consumers identify the highest quality products necessary for maintaining good oral health. While it might seem surprising, this also includes a cursory list of sugar free chewing gums that have earned the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance.
It’s worth noting that the physical activity of chewing gum increases saliva flow and can also help to remove food particles from contours in your tooth enamel, like chewing a piece of gum after a meal. Just be sure to only chew a brand of gum that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. Only products that have been researched for safety and effectiveness can legally print the ADA logo on their packaging.
The American Dental Association only approves sugarless gum. This means they are sweetened by substances such as aspartame, sorbitol, or mannitol. These sugarless sweeteners will not promote plaque formation, tooth decay, or periodontal health problems.
The American Dental Association also recommends brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day. This is the most effective method for clearing away plaque and food particles from your mouth. Attending your regular dental exam at Dr. Daniel McKay, DDS’s dental office will also help clean your teeth and monitor the overall health of your mouth.
If you live in the Seattle, Washington area and you have questions about how to best maintain a healthy mouth you can always call to set up a consultation appointment at McKay Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry.
Written by Daniel McKay, DDS
Dr. McKay is the dentist for the Seattle University athletics department. He is also a proud fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. Since 1993, Dr. McKay has established himself as one of the finest dentists in Seattle with praise from his patients and respect from his colleagues.