Some sugarless chewing gum is not like the others: these three brands are actually good for your teeth.
BUY RIGHT | A chewer from way back, I could tell you I gobble gum because it stimulates the production of saliva which has been scientifically proven to help neutralize acid erosion on tooth enamel—but really it’s because I’m a fresh breath fanatic and mints and sprays leave me with a dry mouth.
Of course healthy teeth are important to me too. Jawing on sugar-filled wads is verboten; why impede the good work done by the production of extra saliva? So I always chew sugar-free gum, but then only brands sweetened with Xylitol (most sugarless gum is sweetened with Sorbitol).
According to research, Xylitol appears to promote the remineralization of tooth enamel; in one study done with school children in Finland, chewing gum with Xylitol actually repaired tiny lesions in their teeth (CLICK HERE to read what they say on Wikipedia). Unfortunately Xylitol gum can be hard to find.
The following three chewing gum brands are sweetened with Xylitol (it’s their first ingredient, which is important). If you know of any others, I’d love for you to add to my list. —Ruth Rainey