The Facts of Oral Hygiene: Sugarless Chewing Gum

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Have you ever considered using an alternative dental cleaning tool or technique beyond your standard brushing and flossing daily routine? Even though brushing and flossing should never be skipped or replaced, there are useful cleaning tools and methods you can consider, including chewing sugarless gum.

By chewing sugarless gum, your mouth will be forced to create an extra amount of saliva to account for the substance. Saliva, not the gum, is what vigorously fights cavities. For the same reason that dry mouth symptoms can damage your teeth, chewing gum can aid in cavity prevention. Saliva can not only rinse away harmful bacteria that cause plaque, but it can even neutralize dangerous acids charged with tooth decay erosion. Chewing regular gum can also aid in the production of saliva, but the addition of sugars in the gum make it a moot point.

Chewing gum has even been shown to aid with the effects of heartburn. Heartburn is a result of acids from the stomach traveling up the esophagus. If the acids reach your mouth, they can damage your teeth. Sugarless gum can help protect your teeth from the acids and even prevent heartburn from beginning.

Dr. Novan Nguyen and all of our wonderful team are located in Stockton, California. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Smile 32 for oral health care treatments, please call our dentist office at 209-952-9290. Let us help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!