The oral health care advantages of chewing gum are often disputed as gum itself cannot directly do much for your smile, other than help brush away food particles that may cling to your teeth and gums. Furthermore, if you suffer from a temporomandibular disorder in your jaw or if the gum contains sugar, you could do more damage to your oral health.
Sugarless gum, when chewed for a period longer than twenty minutes, can produce an excess amount of saliva that can successfully fight cavities. Not only can saliva aid in washing away food particles or bacteria from your teeth and gums, it also has the added effect of neutralizing dangerous acids that cause dental erosion.
Sugarless gum can also help aid in the prevention and treatment of heartburn. Thanks to its acid-neutralizing properties, not only will sugarless chewing gum better protect your teeth from any stomach acids that may find their way up into your mouth, but studies have shown chewing sugarless gum can even lower your risk of heartburn taking place.
With professional oral health care treatments, your smile will not only look better, but it can be healthier too. If you would like to meet with Dr. Linh Nguyen and our team at Best Dentistry for an examination, please call 206-783-3000 to schedule an appointment at our dentist office in Seattle, Washington. We look forward to doing our best to ensure your oral health remains terrific.