While many of us know that chewing sugar free gum has a variety of positive benefits on our mouth’s, there are a lot of other reasons why chewing a stick of gum is good for you! Here are just a few examples:
- Improving our memory. Many people in the mental health field including psychologists have said that by chewing gum can improve memory and enhance cognitive powers. That is because the act of chewing or moving our jaw improves the area of the brain (the hippocampus) that is important to memory. In addition, chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain as it produces more oxygen, more glucose and more disposal of CO2.
- Reduces stress. By chewing gum during stressful situations (for example, during an exam) can help increase alertness and concentration. The chewing provides an outlet to vent frustration and irritation that stress causes.
- Weight management. The physical act of chewing sugar free gum can reduce the craving of high calorie snacks. That means you can use it as a tool to lose weight or at minimum, maintain your current weight.
As you can see there are a lot of direct and indirect benefits to chewing gum besides for example, increasing saliva, which helps, get rid of plaque. Chewing gum benefits goes way beyond the mouth.
For more information on gum chewing and other ways it can improve your overall health speak with your Fresh Dental Smiles dentist or hygienist during your next visit!