3 Things To Remember About Chewing Gum

Have you wondered for a while whether chewing gum is safe for your child’s oral health? There’s a bit more than meets the eye with this question, so there’s not a solid yes or no answer. By making wise selections and waiting until your child is ready for the responsibility of this treat, gum is actually often a wonderful addition for kids’ smiles! Find out more.

#1: Only Choose Sugarless

Don’t forget! If you’re going to allow your son or daughter to chew gum, it should always be sugarless. Gum with sugar in it will not provide your child’s oral health with protection but will instead contribute to problems like tooth decay.

#2: It Can Protect Teeth From Decay

The main benefit of sugarless chewing gum for your kids (and for you, too) is the fact that it’s a plaque remover and a food remover. By chewing after a snack or meal for a period of around 20 minutes, you’re offering teeth and gums serious protection! This is especially helpful when you’re on the go and don’t have a way to brush between hygiene sessions.

#3: It’s Not For Little Kids

Your little kids are much more likely than your big kids to swallow gum. Children around four years of age and younger have a greater tendency to swallow instead of to spit it out when finished, so keep a close eye on your children when you introduce this treat. Not sure if your child is ready? Hold off until you no longer worry and then you can enjoy the oral health related benefits.

Ask Us Your Questions About Chewing Gum

Sugarless chewing gum can provide your child with oral health benefits but that is not always the case. Ask your questions during your next checkup!  Schedule a visit with your Dallas, TX children’s dentist, Dr. Marr at Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda by calling 214-321-4880. We proudly welcome patients from Dallas, TX, and all surrounding communities, including Casa Linda, Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Forest Hills, East Dallas, Mesquite, Garland, Richardson, and more.

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