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When it comes to your teeth and adding freshness to your breath, many people across the nation turn to chewing gum to do the trick. Chewing gum is used by different people for different reasons but is chewing gum actually good for your teeth and mouth? We’ve put together some pros and cons of chewing gum so you can decide for yourself.

Some pros to chewing gum include the ability to instantly add a fresh minty taste to your mouth that can help mask bad breath. Many chewing gums are touted as whitening gums, and they can ever so slightly help with surface stains on teeth. Certain chewing gum can kill bacteria in your mouth as well as help eliminate odor causing germs. Saliva is vitally important to the health of your mouth, teeth and gums and the act of chewing on gum helps stimulate saliva. Chewing gum will help fight dry mouth and bad breath. Chewing a piece of gum after you’ve eaten can help remove food and bacteria left behind from your meal. Most dentists agree that in most cases chewing gums with xylitol content are likely to have a beneficial influence on oral health. There are other pros to gum chewing, but these are the main factors involving your oral health.

Some negative factors about chewing gum include added stress to the muscles of the face and jaw from excessive chewing. Some people experience discomfort in the jaw. If you suffer from symptoms of TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular disorder) gum chewing can aggravate the symptoms. Chewing gum that has sugar as an ingredient increases can increase the development of cavities. Most sugar free gums are made with aspartame, which is a sugar substitute that is not good for your health. Aspartame has a handful of negative side effects including headaches, dizziness, skin reactions and even depression.

If you still have questions about if you should chew or not to chew, talk to your dental professional at your next appointment.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123