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Sugarless gum can help prevent cavities! Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after you eat can help prevent cavities. The key to chewing gum’s effectiveness is a very simple trick your body has for protecting your mouth and teeth: saliva.

When chewing gum, it is the saliva, not the gum itself, that actively fights cavities. Saliva washes away harmful bacteria that cause plaque buildup. It can even neutralize dangerous acids responsible for tooth erosion. Chewing regular gum or sucking on candy can also promote saliva, of course, but the sugars present feed the bacteria the saliva is trying to fight. This negates the benefits of chewing gum. Thus, chewing sugar-free gum is recommended by the ADA. For the same reasons that dry mouth symptoms can damage your teeth, gum can help prevent cavities.

Some sugarless gums have even earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal can be found on many dental healthcare products. It is given by the American Dental Association, and guarantees that you are getting a product that does what it says it does–in this case, help prevent cavities by promoting saliva production.

For information on more simple practices you can integrate into your day to avoid cavities, call James Aldridge Jr. DDS at 304-523-3666. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. James N. Aldridge Jr., please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Huntington, West Virginia. We are here to help you get the healthy smile of your dreams!