The Basics: Chewing Gum

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Due to the risks that arise due to dental erosion from acids produced by your food, it may be a good idea to consider using another cleaning method beyond brushing or flossing to keep your smile safe. One highly effective option is chewing gum.

Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum after meals can help spur additional saliva production and lower your risk for cavities. Because saliva is capable of neutralizing acids in your mouth that eat through your tooth enamel, chewing sugarless gum after meals can be used to help clean your teeth when you can’t brush. Furthermore, chewing sugarless gum can help clear away debris that may be stuck on your teeth and gums.

Did you know that sugarless chewing gum is also helpful in the prevention and treatment of heartburn? Heartburn is a condition in which stomach acids travel out of your stomach and up through your esophagus. When these acids reach your mouth, they can slowly deteriorate your tooth enamel and cause cavities. However, by chewing sugarless gum, you can safely wash away stomach acids, as well as neutralize their effects.

Are you attracted to the idea of improving your oral health care through alternative treatments in Eagle River, Alaska? If so, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Sanders at our dental office by calling us at 907-694-8234. Eagle Summit Dental Group looks forward to enhancing your smile. We look forward to hearing from you so that your journey to a healthier and happier smile can begin.