Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Is gum-chewing bad for your teeth? Guest Blogger Linda Valderrama

Is gum-chewing bad for your teeth?

It depends. Some studies show that chewing sugarless gum can have an indirect positive effect on your teeth. Some studies indicate chewing gum right after a meal stimulates saliva flow and inhibits the bacteria (streptococcus mutans) that cause tooth decay.  Parents, however, should exercise good judgment since young children might choke on a piece of gum.  Also, for people with TMJ (tempromandibular jaw discomfort), chewing gum can aggravate the problem. Of course, although brushing right after eating is preferred, we do not always have a toothbrush and paste handy.

Gum sweetened with the natural sugar substitute Xylitol has been shown to be particularly beneficial. The molecular structure of xylitol appears to interfere with the destructive bacteria‘s ability to stick to the tooth enamel. Also, Trident with Recaldent (casein phosphopeptide), which is a milk based protein, seems to help remineralization of enamel to prevent decay. Gum always contains some type of sweetener, so you do want to avoid chewing gums with sugar and try to find sugarless gum whenever possible.  


Stories for Children Publishing has been touring Author Linda Valderrama R.D.H. and her book BRUSH BARRY BRUSH all month long.

Linda Valderrama R.D.H. has over 25 years experience as a dental hygienist. She has treated patients from ages two to one hundred years old and has successfully developed preventative oral hygiene programs tailored to individual needs. Linda is a strong believer that good oral hygiene habits lead to good overall health and that these daily habits must be acquired early in life. She is working towards developing programs for schools, assisted living facilities and healthcare institutions to enable them to offer more effective oral hygiene programs.

Linda is a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the California Dental Hygienists’ Association and the San Diego Dental Hygienists’ Society. Her book “Brush Barry Brush” is to help parents and young children work together to achieve the simple but very important goal that every time you eat, you should brush your teeth.

You can find out more about Linda Valderrama’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour schedule at There will be giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more. Make sure to stop by and interact with Valderrama and the hosts at the different stops by leaving comments and/or questions. Valderrama will be checking in throughout the tour and is offering an additional giveaway for those who leave comments throughout the tour.

In addition, come listen on demand to Blog Talk Radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children at The hosts chatted with Linda Valderrama R.D. H. about her book, writing, the publishing industry and experiences with virtual tours. Margot will also be sharing writing tips and trials, and tribulations of the writer’s life. The show aired live July 18, 2011.


  1. Very interesting. I'm sure parents will be interested in this.


  2. Thanks for your comment, Karen.
    Gum is not all bad as long as it is sugarless. For children though, too much can cause an upset stomach. It would be something to chew sparingly. Also, of course, before children get any gum, they should be old enough to understand not to swallow it.

  3. Yes, I agree with Karen. This is an interesting article. Well, gum is yes not at all bad for the teeth. But beware, cause children might swallow it, and might choke them.



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