It is a funny thing really, if you were ever caught chewing gum at school in Leeds in the dark and distant past, you may have been whipped, told to stand in the corner and possibly with detention in the pipeline at the end of the day. Well from now on you can be cheeky back because it has been proven by research that chewing gum is actually good for your teeth and gums. The whole chewing action produces saliva in your mouth- brilliant for combating bacteria that is a never ending threat to your oral health. But if you stick a lump of gum in your mouth after a meal, it can further help to remove sticky stuff from foods from settling on the surfaces of your teeth. Don’t go mad with it though: it can help to strengthen the muscles that protect you’re your jaw joints, but over-chewing can also be detrimental to your jaws as well. The gum that you munch on should also be sugar free as well otherwise you’ll be rather leaving sugar on your teeth that could lead to tooth decay. Tell that to your teacher!