Did you know gum, or at least a gum-like substance, has been chewed for thousands of years? Ancient cultures chewed on tree sap rather than the variety of flavored chewing gum we have today.

Gum is a favorite. Have you ever opened a pack of gum in public? Seemingly every open hand around you shoots out as if it is connected to the pack of gum. Can you really blame them?

Why is gum typically loved so much? We can’t say for sure, but here are some great benefits of chewing gum.

Fresh Breath

Obviously. We don’t think that it’s possible to overstate the benefit of having good breath. The fact that there are so many flavors is a great benefit. Maybe you don’t like mint, but there are plenty of other flavors for your palate. While they don’t possess the same freshening power, there are many brands of fruit gum that still make your breath better by chewing it.

Xylitol

Xylitol is a natural sweetener used in some sugar-free gums. Xylitol has been shown to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth due to the fact that it is not a sustainable form of nutrients for the bacteria. Sugar causes many bacteria to form and thrive in our mouths. By eliminating that one ingredient, chewing gum gets even better.

Recaldent

Recaldent is a substance known as casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate, hence why they renamed it to brand it.

According to recaldent.com, it “helps to strengthen teeth by delivering calcium and phosphate to the enamel to remineralize the areas that have been affected by plaque bacteria.” So basically the Recaldent is added to some gums with the purpose of strengthening and revitalizing teeth. Any help you can give your teeth is welcome.

Cleans Teeth

Some of the above items have touched on the fact that gum helped clean teeth. It does not just do so utilizing its contents, but also by stimulating the mouth to do so.

Chewing gum increases the amount of saliva present in the mouth. The increased saliva levels help to cleanse the mouth of bacteria and fight cavity-causing substances like plaque.

Prevents snacking

We probably have all been guilty of snacking too much or too frequently. It is so easy when you feel a little hunger to go and eat. Gum is a great solution.

When chewing gum you are likely to at least take the initial edge off your hunger and resist further snacking. Also, who wants to eat food when you have minty breath?

Conclusion

Gum is great. It has numerous benefits and tastes great! You should never sacrifice the powerful trifecta of brushing, flossing, and gargling mouthwash or regular trips to the dentist. In between doing all of that, gum is a great way to keep your mouth fresh and happy.