If you are looking for an additional tool in the battle against tooth decay, sugarless gum may be able to help. By chewing sugarless gum, you can help facilitate the flow of saliva, which has a variety of helpful functions. Saliva also washes away food particles and debris. It can fight harmful bacteria in the mouth and provides a substance that actively fights disease throughout the mouth. Studies have also shown that chewing sugarless gum after a meal for roughly 20 minutes produces saliva that can help in the fight against cavities.
The acids in your esophagus and stomach can damage your teeth. Studies have shown that sugarless gum can help prevent heartburn. If choosing a sugarless gum, always look for one carrying the ADA seal of Acceptance.
Of course, sugarless gum is not to be used in place of brushing or flossing. However, proper oral health habits such as daily brushing and flossing in combination with the magic of sugarless gum are powerful allies for your healthy smile!
Express Dental Care wants to make sure your oral health care needs are taken care of. If you would like to set up an appointment for a professional exam with Dr. Matthew Hernandez, please contact us at 425-672-8494 at our office in Lynnwood, Washington, to speak with a member of our team.