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For many of us our eating habits are changing from the traditional three meals a day to more snacking throughout the day, or what some call ‘grazing’. For that reason, now might be a good time to include chewing sugar-free gum in your oral hygiene routine.

A typical day may include breakfast at your desk, a couple of mid-morning pastries, a sandwich with some chips for lunch and an afternoon snack to keep us feeling fueled up. All this with several cups of coffee mixed in.

This constant grazing may be bad for our dental health due to the sustained attack from the plaque acids that form on our teeth. Each time we eat or drink the pH balance in the mouth changes, slipping into a danger zone where tooth demineralisation may happen.

One easy step that can help is chewing sugarfree gum for 20 minutes after eating and drinking. This, along with twice-a-day brushing, helps neutralise plaque acids, as well a washing away food particles and remineralise tooth enamel.

There have been several scientific studies that support the oral hygiene benefits of chewing sugarfree gum. And with new eating habits, these become even more relevant. But why does the gum help? The act of chewing increases the production of saliva which helps clean the mouth and neutralise plaque acids. So it becomes a non-disruptive and simple oral care habit when brushing and flossing just are not possible or convenient.

So if you are one to snack on food throughout the day, you should get into the habit of Chewing Gumchewing sugarless gum afterwards to help keep your teeth clean and healthy.