Did you know that chewing gum can provide additional benefits for your oral health care? It’s true because sugarless chewing gum has been shown to help eradicate cavities. In fact, studies have shown that by chewing sugarless gum for a period of up to 20 minutes after meals, your mouth can effectively help prevent cavities.
Chewing gum is essential for cavity prevention not because of the substances within the gum, but rather the processes it implements. Due to the act of chewing, your mouth will increase the amount of saliva present. Saliva is essential for washing away food debris and particles, neutralizing harmful acids, and in many cases can even provide disease-fighting materials to keep your smile safe.
Chewing sugarless gum to produce additional saliva has even been shown to be beneficial in the treatment and protection against heartburn. Heartburn occurs when harmful stomach acids travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. When these acids come into contact with your tooth enamel, dental erosion will occur. To clean away the acids, saliva must be present.
If you would like to stop by Family Dentistry of Rockwall for an appointment, please call our office in Rockwall, Texas at 972-772-3900. Dr. Lisa K. Attaway and our team look forward to having you as our guest soon.