Chewing gum has appeared throughout history in various forms. In ancient times, chewing gum came from tree sap. Today, millions of people use chewing gum to clean their mouth after a meal. Next time you’re picking up a pack of gum, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the package as evidence that it has been scientifically tested.
Maintaining a healthy mouth is essential for preventing diseases and harmful substances from damaging your body. Eating sugary foods and drinks causes bacteria in your mouth to release acid that, over time, can erode enamel. Enamel is the clear, protective coat around the surface of the tooth that protects the underlying dentin. Enamel is harder than bone, but once it’s gone, it doesn’t come back. Limiting sugary foods is an easy way to maintain a healthy mouth.