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The best smile often includes cleaning it daily with not only effective traditional tools such as brushes and flossers but also non-traditional tools such as non-abrasive sugarless chewing gum. Although we don’t often think of chewing gum as a product that can benefit our smiles, the truth is, it is highly effective for building a better oral hygiene routine and keeping your mouth fresh and clean. For additional tips on chewing gum, read the following question and answers:

What is the significance of chewing gum regarding your oral health?
Chewing gum has proven beneficial for your oral health because it can help stimulate the production of saliva. Saliva is a naturally occurring substance in your mouth used to neutralize harmful acids and wash away plaque and debris.

How can chewing gum be used to help prevent cavities?
Several studies have shown that by chewing sugarless gum after meals for a period of 20 minutes or longer, you can provide your mouth with the necessary saliva to help limit the effects and risks of cavities.

What are the benefits of chewing gum?
Beyond protecting your smile from food particles and bacteria that begin to pool in your mouth, chewing gum can also loosen sticky and chewy food stuck to your teeth and can even be helpful for the treatment of heartburn. Chewing gum is also a non-abrasive product and unlikely to cause dental erosion.

What are my options for chewing gum?
Always make sure you’re using sugarless chewing gum as chewing gum that contains sugars can cause other oral health risks to your mouth associated with the presence of the sugars.

For more information about the benefits of chewing gum or to setup routine checkups, you can speak with Dr. Jim Heck‘s team at White River Dental by calling 317-881-4726. Our office is located in Greenwood, Indiana.