In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygenist, Yee Fong, “Chewing gum and kids. Yeah or Nay?”
There are no specific guidelines on what age a child can chew gum, each child’s development is unique and variable, therefore it’s up to the parent to decide.
It’s important for any parent to be aware that it’s a possible choking hazard, and to make sure the child knows not to swallow gum.
When you think your child is ready, chewing sugarless gum is a great way to create more saliva in your mouth, which can neutralize plaque acid and help reduce erosion of tooth enamel. Studies have shown that chewing gum can increase alertness, focus and concentration, so I would say chewing gum has a lot of great benefits but just make sure your child is ready for it!