Our mouths are the dirtiest parts of our bodies, claims Danbury CT dentist, Jay M. Marks, DMD. Our bodies contain billions of bacteria, which help in digestion, keeping other bacteria in control, and other bodily functions. Our mouths contain these "dirty bugs" for many reasons, but they can cause bad breath, gum disease, tooth decay, ulcers etc. So it is important to keep these bugs in check, that is why we brush and floss our teeth. BUT, what can remove one hundred million of them in just TEN minutes, asks Dr. Marks?
It is a habit we are told since childhood, to not partake in. It is Chewing Gum. We are told that this habit can lead to dental decay and other mouth problems. For those who do chew gum, the average usage is 280 sticks per year.
Most gum contains numerous ingredients, such as sweeteners, both natural and artificial, various flavorings, gum base etc. The artificial sweets such as mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol, all reduce biofilms in the mouth, which harbor the bugs and cause problems in our teeth and gums. It turns out that chewing gum for ten minutes can remove One Hundred Million bacteria bugs. The gum was analyzed and the bacteria were counted (I feel sorry for the person who counted the bugs)! The longer the gum was chewed, the more bacteria was removed.
So, if your mouth says something bad, and it has to be cleaned out with soap- try chewing gum instead! If you have any questions about keeping your mouth healthy, please CONTACT US!