Chewing Gum and How it Affects Your Oral Health

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Chewing sugarless gum has numerous benefits for your overall health. Not only can chewing gum help slow the rate of heartburn and effectively neutralize stomach acids, but it can also help delay tooth decay and prevent cavities.

Chewing sugarless gum after meals has been proven to be highly beneficial for your smile. After eating, your teeth are extra sensitive and can be victims to abrasion if toothpaste is used. As an alternative, chewing sugarless gum can help promote saliva flow, which can wash away harmful acids and food debris. In addition, saliva can neutralize acids and provide disease-fighting substances for your mouth and your oral health care.

Although traditional chewing gum can also work to help improve your smile, the existence of sugar in regular gum will damage your teeth and gums. Thus, always use sugarless chewing gum. However, sugarless chewing gum should never be used as a complete replacement for brushing and flossing, but rather as a supplement when brushing or flossing may not be available or ideal, specifically after eating meals when brushing and toothpaste may be too abrasive on your sensitive teeth at this time.

Depending on your oral health, our dentist at ODonnell Family Dentistry can help you find which treatment will work best for you. Dr. David O'Donnell and our team would love to see you at our dentist office in Lexington, Kentucky. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 859-269-4613. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!