Chewing Gum May Prevent Cavities

Surprised by the title? Don’t be. We’re talking sugarless gum, one with the ADA (American Dental Association) Seal. That seal is your assurance that the gum has met the ADA criteria for safety and effectiveness.

So how is this possible? The ADA includes a video and article on its Mouth Healthy website that shares the results of its clinical studies on chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals.

The best time for all this chewing is after meals, especially if you don’t have a chance to brush or floss. The chewing increases saliva flow which washes away food and other debris. The saliva also neutralizes the acids that can damage tooth enamel. In fact saliva carries with it more calcium and phosphate to actually strengthen enamel.

The short video also lists the following suggestions for better oral health.
  • Eat Healthy Meals
  • Drink Plenty of Water
  • Brush Twice a Day
  • Floss Once a Day
  • Schedule Regular Dental Check-Ups

Dr. Randy Feldman, Chief Smile Officer of Blue Wave Orthodontics reminds you that chewing sugarless gum is not a substitute for brushing and flossing. He adds, “I enjoy sharing these studies and dental facts with you. Dental education is important to building healthy oral habits and maintaining your smile.”

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