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Smart Smile Basics: Chewing Gum

Are you actively taking responsibility for your teeth and gums by keeping them clean on a daily basis? Although brushing and flossing are highly effective treatments for protecting your smile, there is more you could be doing to keep your smile safe from dangers such as tooth decay and cavities. One unique form of oral health care involves the use of sugarless chewing gum.

Sugarless chewing gum has actually been shown to promote cavity prevention, due to its unique processes that it creates. Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum after meals for longer than 20 minutes can help stimulate enough saliva flow to actively prevent cavities by washing away harmful acids and bacteria known to cause enamel erosion.

The ingredients in the chewing gum are not the important part of the treatment, but rather the process of creating saliva. Saliva neutralizes acids and can provide numerous disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. In addition, saliva helps prevent and treat heartburn, which is caused when stomach acids travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. Saliva helps neutralize the damage that the acids can have on your teeth.

Come in and see for yourself the magic of an amazing smile. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan Nix and our team at our dentist office in Terrell, Texas, call Alan L. Nix DDS at 972-563-7633 and a member of our team will gladly assist you. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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