Can Chewing Gum Help Your Oral Health?

Posted by Rick Jackomis DDS May 15, 2017

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You’ve probably heard that you’ll need to brush and floss your pearly whites regularly if you’re interested in keeping your teeth healthy. While you’ve probably heard that keeping your teeth should be an important part of keeping your mouth healthy, but did you know that eating certain foods could also help you enjoy sound oral health? Chewing gum may also help you keep your teeth clean.

Still, you’ve probably heard that chewing on candy and sugary foods can damage your smile. To avoid this problem and enjoy the benefits of chewing gum, we recommend choosing sugar-free gum. If you’re interested in strengthening your teeth and negating the bacteria that can cause cavities, we recommend choosing a pack of gum that has xylitol in it.

You see, chewing gum is also extremely useful because it promotes chewing, which promotes saliva. Saliva flow also plays an important part of keeping your teeth clean because it carries plaque and bacteria away from your teeth. Saliva will also strengthen your pearly whites. However, even though chewing gum can be beneficial, please remember that doing so is not an adequate substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth.

If you’re interested in hearing more about how chewing gum can benefit your smile in Sterling, Virginia, please don’t hesitate to give Rick Jackomis, DDS a call at 703-444-9244. Our dentist, Dr. Rick Jackomis, and our team will gladly address any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting with you.

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