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Does Your Chewing Gum Fight Tooth Decay?
Posted on May 27th, 2023
Avid gum chewers rejoice! Your love for the sticky, stretchy stuff can be beneficial for your oral health—depending on its ingredients. If you’re chewing gum with artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol, sucralose, aspartame, or mannitol, it’s true you’re avoiding traditional sugar, but your teeth aren’t as likely to thank you as they might be if your stick of choice were 100% xylitol-sweetened.
What is Xylitol?
First, if you’re wondering how to pronounce xylitol, its prefix is just like xylophone’s, and the fact that it tastes as sweet as sugar but carries almost half the calories per gram (2.4 compared to 4) might make you want to grab a mallet and beat out a tune. But the best part is: xylitol is a powerful plaque fighter, and fighting plaque is essential for cavity and gum disease prevention.
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About Meghna Dassani, DMD
Dr. Meghna Dassani received her initial dental training from the University of Mumbai, India, where she graduated in 1996 as Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS). After working as an associate for one year, she established her own practice in Mumbai, India. She successfully operated this practice for six years prior to moving to the US. When Dr. Meghna Dassani is not in the office she is at home being a mommy to her 2 beautiful girls and enjoying time relaxing with her husband. Since opening her own practice in 2011 she doesn’t have a lot of free time but when the time allows she enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, visiting with friends and family and of course SHOPPING with a Starbucks in her hand!