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Are you looking for a simple, easy way to give your smile an extra boost of protection against decay? Studies have found that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum increases the saliva flow. Increased saliva washes away food 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.

Choose chewing gum that has the ADA seal of acceptance for further protection. The ADA seal shows that the sugar-free gum has met the ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. When gum (or another product) has the ADA seal, you can trust that it does what the packaging claims. 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. In future, consider looking for a brand of gum that guarantees other benefits besides stimulating the flow of saliva. For instance, some gum brands may have an enhanced ability to remineralize teeth and reduce decay. Other brands of gum may help reduce plaque and gingivitis.

Chewing sugarless gum should never replace brushing and flossing. The ADA and our dentist recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing once a day. We encourage you to contact Desert Dental Group today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brett M. Barney.