You may have seen advertisements for chewing gum claiming that a particular brand of gum has been “approved by dentists,” but what does that even mean? Do Dentists actually approve of chewing gum and do they endorse specific brands?
The answer is… Yes and No!
Dentists do not recommend chewing gum:
- If you have temporomandibular disorder symptoms (TMD/TMJ) and/or jaw pain.
- If you chew gum sweetened with sugar. Chewing sugar-sweetened gum can actually contribute to developing cavities.
Dentists do recommend chewing gum in the following instances:
- If you chew sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar free gum can actually help stimulate saliva flow by as much as ten times the normal rate, and this can help neutralize plaque-forming bacteria.
- If you chew gum with Xylitol in particular.
Chewing gum with xylitol can inhibit the ability of bacteria to adhere to the surface of the teeth. This prevents the bacterial build-up that contributes to plaque.
- If you are chewing sugar-free gum — especially gum with xylitol — on the occasional situation when brushing and flossing the teeth isn’t practical.
- If you are chewing gum that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
What Is the ADA Seal of Acceptance?
When a product carries The American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, it means the product has been scientifically evaluated to be safe and effective in regards to dental hygiene issues.
Products that receive the ADA Seal are frequently are asked to meet even more stringent standards than required by law. Companies cannot purchase the ADA seal of approval. The ADA seal ensures that the claims made on the label are accurate.
The staff at Distinctive Dentistry is committed to making sure you have the best dental care possible. Dr. Keith Phillips has over 25 years of expertise in advanced dental practice, and continually stays up to date on the latest innovations in technology, and chemistry. Dr Phillips is board-certified in and nationally recognized for the high degree of both skill and ethics he brings to the practice, and to our patients.
Our office is located just off the freeway in Fife, WA, serving patients in the greater Tacoma area including Gig Harbor, Federal Way and Puyallup.