Chewing gum has long been revered as a good method in strengthening the jawbone of our oral anatomy’s. More specifically, sugar-free gum that is approved by the ADA, will be able provide you with oral benefits. Maintaining oral strength and function is very important because oral function is the core in the way we interact and live. Being able to have the freedom to eat food without having to pick and choose because you can no longer chew food in the affected area, is a basic human right. Dental implants are a teeth replacing system that permanently fuses titanium implants into the bone tissue to promote oral health and strength in the jawbone. For dental implant patients, chewing gum is very beneficial and will not only strengthen your oral anatomy, but it will also minimize plaque acid.
Dental Implants and Missing Teeth
Missing teeth patients have suffered many oral complications due to the condition of their teeth. Missing teeth are not only unsightly, but they pose risks for surrounding teeth. Since the area of the missing teeth will loose some strength and stability, that area will suffer in maintaining constant oral function. With the lack of exercise in the area, other teeth will begin to loosen and the jawbone will deplete. If depletion occurs, it will dwindle oral stability and cause surrounding teeth to fall out.
The Benefits of Chewing Sugar-Free Gum
Chewing gum has been claimed to be beneficial for our oral health since studies began emerging in the 1930’s. Since then, new studies have shown that chewing gum can effectively prevent the development of caries by reducing plaque acid and producing saliva that will wash away food particles.
- Stimulation of saliva- With the increased amount of saliva production, bacteria and plaque can wash away from your teeth better and the amount of plaque buildup will decrease. This is especially important for dental implant patients because it reduces the risk of bacterial infections from forming.
- Reducing plaque- With the reduction of plaque acid, an excess of plaque buildup is unlikely to occur and dental implants will be able to produce successful results for your oral health and function.
- Neutralizing acids- Chewing gum after snacks and meals has shown to be effective in neutralizing plaque acids by saliva that contained fermentable carbohydrates.
- Enamel remineralizing- the stimulation of saliva helps restore vital minerals in the enamel. Such minerals include, calcium and phosphate ions.
- Cleaning of Food Particles- As stated above, chewing gum will stimulate saliva and the saliva will attach itself to food debris and remove bacteria causing plaque or food.
- Dry mouth- For those who suffer from dry mouth, the excess production of saliva can relive this condition and provide some relief.
Types of gum that are ADA approved
- Dentyne Ice Sugarless Gum
- ICE BREAKERS ICE CUBES Sugar Free Chewing Gum
- Stride Sugarless Gum
- Trident® Sugarfree Gum
- Wrigley’s Extra Sugarfree Gum
- Wrigley’s Orbit for Kids Sugarfree Gum
- Wrigley’s Orbit Sugarfree Gum
Chewing gum for Dental Implant Patients
As you have probably already made the connection, chewing gum can help dental implant patients reduce the amount of plaque buildup around their gums and implants. Plaque buildup poses risk for dental implants in developing peri-implantitis, an inflammatory disease that depletes the jawbone and inflames the gums.
Contact Dr. Andrew Mortensen in Fountain Valley, CA
Chewing gum is an enjoyable pastime and luckily there is sugar-free gum that can even aid in maintaining oral hygiene and health. Dental implant patients need to be aware of the risks that can befall them if they are negligent of their oral hygiene. If you have any furtehr questions regarding dental implants, or would like to discuss your candidacy, then please contact us to schedule your FREE, no obligation consultation today.