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Your teeth have an unexpected ally: sugarless chewing gum.

That’s right! Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating can help reduce cavities. Certain sugarless chewing gums have even earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance, guaranteeing a tooth-healthy product.

The reason chewing gum is helpful for your mouth lies in the actions that your body uses to actually chew the gum. One of these actions includes the creation of excess saliva. It is with the saliva that the cavity-conquering advantages lie. Saliva can help wash away food residue and bacteria that come together and form the thin layer known as plaque. Saliva can also neutralize the properties of acids that seek to destroy your tooth enamel.

As before mentioned, studies have demonstrated that chewing sugarless gum can help prevent cavities, especially after eating. During the time shortly after eating, your teeth could be overly sensitive, so it is important to avoid brushing them with abrasive toothbrushes, toothpaste, or similar tools. Instead, seek out products such as sugarless gum and mouthwash to clear away the harmful acids without potentially damaging your teeth.

Studies have also shown chewing sugarless gum to help reduce symptoms of heartburn after eating, for similar reasons. Saliva is produced, washing the acids out of the mouth. The excess saliva also causes a lot of swallowing, pushing the acids down the esophagus so that they never reach the teeth in the first place.

If you would like to speak with Dr. Joseph Younger and our team about chewing sugarless gum and other alternative treatments, please schedule an appointment at our dentist office of Arden Dental Group in Arden, North Carolina, by calling 828-684-9260. Our team of oral health care superheroes is here to help!