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It may come as a surprise to hear that chewing sugarless come can help you avoid tooth decay. It’s true! Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent cavities.

How Does Chewing Gum Help My Smile?
Chewing sugarless gum increases the saliva flow. Increased saliva washes away food particles and other debris, neutralizes acids in the mouth, and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Saliva also carries calcium and phosphate, which strengthen the tooth enamel against decay.

Which Type of Chewing Gum Should I Choose?
When selecting chewing gum, look for the ADA Seal. Companies must verify all product information with ADA before earning the seal. You can be sure that gum with the ADA seal is indeed sugarless and that the sweeteners it uses do not cause decay. ADA chewing gum often uses one of the following sweeteners: aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol, or mannitol.

Does Chewing Gum That Contains Sugar Help My Smile?
Sugar-containing gum also increases saliva flow, but sugar is used by plaque bacteria to produce acids that cause decay. More research needs to be performed to ascertain the effects of chewing gum that contains sugar on tooth decay.

Is Brushing & Flossing Still Necessary?
Chewing sugarless gum should never replace brushing and flossing. The ADA and our dentists recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing once a day.

We encourage you to contact Oak Park Dental at 337-478-3232 today to learn more about the benefits of sugar-free gum in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and to schedule a visit.