Did you know that chewing gum can have several benefits for your smile? Although we often think of chewing gum as a product that is meant to freshen breath only, the truth is that some products promote tooth whitening benefits. However, the true benefits associated with chewing gum is through their effective prevention of cavities. By chewing gum excessively after meals, you may be able to produce additional saliva to keep your mouth clean.
Saliva is a naturally occurring substance in your mouth which can help neutralize acids and wash away plaque and debris in your mouth. After eating, you will want to consider chewing gum for a period of twenty minutes or longer to help rinse out your mouth. Furthermore, saliva produced by chewing gum has even been shown beneficial in the treatment and prevention of heartburn. Heartburn occurs when harmful stomach acids travel up through your esophagus and into your mouth. If left untreated, these acids will eat through your tooth enamel and give rise to cavities. Rather than letting them destroy your smile, consider using saliva producing substance such as sugarless chewing gum.
If you would like to set up an appointment with either Dr. Daniel Sahutske or Dr. Donna Sahutske, at our dental office in Oxford, Michigan for an oral examination and oral health care diagnosis, please call 248-628-2540. Our team at Oxford Lakes Dental Care looks forward to crafting you the smile of your dreams!