Chewing gum helps to clean the teeth only if used with measure, for 10-15 minutes after the meal, dentists say.
Those who chew gum several hours a day deform their face muscles, grit their teeth and disrupt their salivary secretion, lacking the protective mucous membranes, explains Dr. Teodor Traistariu, vice president of the National Union of Dentists in Romania. Dentists say that gum should remain an auxiliary cleaning medium, used only when there is no possibility of brushing.
The toothpaste should remain in the first place, but the Romanians are still bad at the hygiene chapter, says Dr. Traistariu.
A Romanian uses about two tubes of toothpaste a year - which means little compared to other European countries - brushes change about two years ago, although healthy would be three to four months, and dental floss and mouthwashes are a rarity in Romanians.
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