Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Visits to a Los Angeles Dentist, Floss, and Gum Keeps Teeth Clean
In order to keep your teeth clean and healthy, your Los Angeles dentist would usually recommend brushing twice a day and flossing. Now, consider adding this to your teeth-cleaning regimen: sugarless gum. According to a recent study published in the journal PLOS ONE, chewing gum for up to ten minutes is effective in removing up to 100 million bacteria from the mouth. Gum versus Bacteria In order to determine the correlation between the length of time spent chewing gum and the number of bacteria collected, the researchers from the University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands found that each of the chewed gum had about 100 million bacteria, and the number gradually increased the longer it took for a person to chew gum. The researchers, however, had warned against chewing the same gum for longer than ten minutes, for they observed that bacteria stuck in the gum were released back into the mouth.