Is chewing gum actually good or bad for your teeth?
Have you ever wondered if chewing gum effects your teeth? That piece of gum that you chew, chew, chew away on. Regular gum can be detrimental to your oral health, with the sugar used lending itself to tooth decay. This is one of the reasons why we decided to make Nopla sugar-free. Not only is it sugar-free, but we also didn’t want to use those generic sweeteners that sometimes aren’t any better for you that regular sugar. We decided to stick with the all-natural route and use xylitol, a plant-based sweetener.
Why use Xylitol?
1. Proven dental health benefits
Xylitol is not only better for general health, but it’s much better for your teeth. Xylitol, originally found in birch and beech trees, is a healthy, low calorie sweetener alternative. With proven health benefits, Xylitol can kill up to 90% of bacteria, reduces plaque build up and can even help with inflammatory gum disease. Still wonder why we used it?
2. Potentially prevent ear infections
Yes, really! A study by Cocrhrane found that Xylitol in the form of chewing gum, for example, can reduce the occurrence of bacterial ear infections among healthy with no acute upper respiratory infection from 30% to 22%. For full study details, read here.
3. Encourages good microorganisms in the gut
As you know, you shouldn’t swallow your chewing gum. But switching to xylitol in general is better for your gut health! Why is it good for gut health? The stomach sees Xylitol as fibre. It travels quickly through and into the lower digestive system and feeds healthy digestive bacteria. Result = improved digestive health and better absorption of minerals by the body.
4. Stimulates salivary flow
Xylitol and the refreshing effect of chewing hum helps stimulate salivary flow, which increase your mouths PH balance and the production of saliva, which has many protective qualities, such as reducing acid and therefor the risk of cavities.