Doctor, I heard that eating gum is good for your teeth, what does that mean?
Eating gum leads to chewing well.
In fact, "chewing" has a positive effect on the mouth.
This time,I will talk about the effects of gum!
- Effects and Benefits of Gum
- Effects and Benefits of Gum (1): Caries-preventive effect
- Effects and Benefits of Gum (2): Beauty Effects
- Effects and Benefits of Gum (3): Promotion of brain development and prevention of dementia
- Effects and Benefits of Gum (4): Aids digestion
- Effects and Benefits of Gum (5): Cancer Prevention
- How many pieces of gum per day are you supposed to get the most out of it?
- Chewing gum provides many good benefits.
Effects and Benefits of Gum
Chewing gum can have the following effects
- Cavity Preventive Effects
- cosmetic effect
- Promotion of brain development and prevention of dementia
- aids in digestion
- Cancer Prevention
Effects and Benefits of Gum (1): Caries-preventive effect
There are two reasons why gum can be effective in preventing tooth decay.
- Saliva secretion is stimulated
- If the gum contains cavity-preventive ingredients, it can be expected to prevent cavities.
Saliva secretion is stimulated
Saliva has the following roles in cavity prevention
- Self-cleaning," which washes away stains on the teeth
- Buffering action" to restore neutrality to an acid-tilted mouth.
By self-cleaning,Rinses away food debris and tooth stains that can cause cavities.
In addition, due to the buffering effectIt neutralizes the acid produced in the mouth by cavity-dissolving bacteria to prevent the teeth from dissolving.
However, brushing after meals is essential because too much dirt on the teeth can defeat the self-cleaning and buffering action of saliva and lead to tooth decay.
If the gum contains cavity-preventive ingredients, it can be expected to prevent cavities.
Among the gums that are certified as specifically insured foods are,Some of them contain ingredients with cavity-preventive properties.
There are three ingredients in gum that can be used to prevent tooth decay.
- xylitol (artificial sweetener)
- recal dent
These ingredients have a cavity-preventive effect.
In addition to increasing saliva secretion by chewing gum, it is expected to increase the cavity-preventive effect by strengthening tooth structure and inhibiting the activity of caries-causing bacteria.
xylitol (artificial sweetener)
It is an ingredient made from birch and is found in nature in foods such as strawberries.
Unlike sugar,Cavity-free sweetenersIt is famous as a
- Prevents the production of tooth-dissolving acid
- Suppresses activity of mutans bacteria
- Promotes saliva production
- Promotes remineralization of teeth
These four effects are recognized in studies around the world as preventing tooth decay.
It eliminates the factors that cause teeth to dissolve while weakening the cavity, and in addition, it strengthens the tooth structure.How very versatile!
This ingredient is made from milk.
Not with sweeteners like xylitol, but with calcium phosphate contained in Ricardent,Promotes "remineralization," which restores dissolved tooth components to their original stateI doThe following is a list of the most common problems with the
It does not inhibit the activity of caries-causing bacteria, but its ability to remineralize teeth is stronger than that of xylitol.
*Because it is derived from milk, it cannot be used by those who are allergic to dairy products.
Posca is a calcium phosphate oligosaccharide derived from potato starch.
Calcium phosphate oligosaccharides dissolve in saliva,Enhances the buffering effect of saliva.
It also not only promotes remineralization,Re-mineralization in the same form as the crystalline components of the teeth strengthens the dental structure andPrevents cavities.
Effects and Benefits of Gum (2): Beauty Effects
Chewing gum also has the following cosmetic benefits
- Promotes jaw development
- Helps stabilize posture
- Helps control calories
Promotes jaw development
Chewing gum involves frequent use of the muscles around the mouth.
This helps children's jaw development during their growth period.
When jaw development is encouraged and the bite and jaw balance are improved, it can have a positive effect on facial appearance.
Helps stabilize posture
Every day, humans are pulled downward by the earth's gravity, and there are "antigravity muscles" that stand against it and maintain posture.
Around the mouth, "masticatory muscles" for chewing food are included as one of the antigravity muscles, and it is thought that the movement of masticatory muscles is related to better posture.
Because chewing gum uses the masticatory muscles,The chewing effect may help stabilize posture.
Helps control calories
Chewing gum stimulates the satiety center, so chewing gum before meals suppresses appetite,Can help with calorie control.
Effects and Benefits of Gum (3): Promotion of brain development and prevention of dementia
Chewing stimulation stimulates the brain and improves blood flow.
He said it activates the brain,It is expected to promote brain development and prevent dementia in children.
Effects and Benefits of Gum (4): Aids digestion
Because the stimulation of chewing gum stimulates the gastrointestinal tract,It improves digestion.
Effects and Benefits of Gum (5): Cancer Prevention
The enzyme "peroxidase" is found in saliva,It acts to reduce the carcinogenic potential of foods.
How many pieces of gum per day are you supposed to get the most out of it?
To get the benefits of gum,The recommended dosage is 2 capsules 3 times a day, one time.
The best timing is as soon as possible after eating.
Chew for 20 minutes at a time.and saliva is sufficient to quickly return the mouth to neutral after a meal that has tended to become acidic.
However, chewing gum does not mean that you do not have to brush your teeth.
Tooth stains are the root cause of tooth decay,Be sure to brush your teeth, as chewing gum will not remove it.
Also, excessive gum chewing can cause problems.
Note that chewing too much gum is counterproductive!
Chewing gum too much,The jaw joints, teeth, and muscles around the mouth can be overloaded, causing problems such as the following
- temporomandibular joint disorder
- worn-out teeth
- Headache due to muscle tension
- Gills due to muscle development
Tooth wear can also cause sensitivity.
In addition, the habit of chewing gum on only one side may lead to the development of only one side's muscles and jawbone, resulting in asymmetrical facial lines.
It is caused by chewing gum excessively and repeatedly with great force, so just be careful not to overeat.
Chewing gum provides many good benefits.
Gum can be expected to have cavity-preventive and cosmetic effects through "chewing" and the "ingredients" contained in the gum.
Those interested in adopting it to improve oral health and beauty may want to try it.
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365dentist General Supervisor Dentist/Yukiko Katsuya
Graduated from Nagasaki University School of Dentistry, ~2018 Kyushu Medical Center, 2018-present Working at a dental clinic in Tokyo
After completing clinical training, worked in cosmetic dentistry in Tokyo. Currently a dentist and dental writer.