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Sugarless gum is often thought of for its benefits in whitening smiles, but few people realize that they aren’t so much whitening your smile in the traditional sense, but actually cleaning your teeth. The sparkly shine left over is the result of washing away harmful acids and plaque. Because they actively promote better oral health, many dentists recommend sugarless gum, but never solely as a substitute for brushing and flossing. Here are a few more reasons to consider trying sugarless gum:

– Sugarless gum increases saliva flow, which washes away food and other debris. Saliva also neutralizes acids originating from harmful bacteria, and can provide disease-fighting substances to combat threats with the mouth.

– Sugarless gum can also prevent heartburn. This is beneficial because the acids in your esophagus can damage your teeth.

– Sugarless gum helps after meals, but it is not a substitute for brushing and flossing.

– Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after a meal can fight cavities. The chewing gum itself doesn’t fight cavities, but the act of chewing increases saliva flow.

Sugarless gum should not be used if you experience any tooth sensitivity or jaw pain. If you would like more information, or if you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Ryan R. Bailey & Keith Huff, please contact our fantastic staff here at South Coast Family Dentistry by calling us at 541-269-5353. You can also stop by our dentist office in Coos Bay, Oregon. Prevent cavities today, and enjoy tomorrow with a smile!