Are you aware of how chewing sugarless gum affects your smile? Sugarless chewing gum, has been shown to help improve your oral health. The plaque on your teeth can convert sugars into harmful acids that wear through your tooth enamel, and sugarless gum gives plaque less to work with.
Sugarless gum is most effective when used after meals. You should brush your teeth 30 minutes after a meal to give your saliva time to neutralize the acids in your mouth. While you wait, you should have a stick of sugarless gum. Studies have shown that by chewing sugarless gum for up to 20 minutes after meals, you can lower your risk for cavities.
Another important benefit of chewing gum is for the treatment of heartburn. This is because chewing gum produces saliva in your mouth which can help neutralize acids that would normally attack your tooth enamel. Saliva is essential for keeping your mouth clean and decreasing your risk of dental damage. Another important benefit chewing gum can also decrease the effects of heartburn.
For more information concerning your oral health or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Austin Babcock and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Sedona, Arizona, by calling (928) 282-1514. Sedona Dental Arts looks forward to seeing you soon!