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Did you know that a habit of chewing sugar-free gum is not just a hobby but also an effective method to improve your dental health and clean your mouth? Along with a solid foundation of brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis, chewing gum freshens your breath and keeps your teeth cleaner. We invite you to learn more about how chewing sugar-free gum after a meal can prevent cavities and improve your tooth enamel.

Many dental professionals have performed extensive studies on chewing gum and reported that chewing sugarless gum after a meal for about 20 minutes can help you keep your teeth in excellent shape. While it’s important to brush your teeth, you may not want to do so immediately after eating since teeth can be too sensitive from food to handle the abrasive toothpaste and toothbrushes. By chewing piece of gum, you can gently clean harmful substances from your smile. This is done by producing more saliva to clean your teeth of any lingering plaque and food particles, neutralizing erosive acids and improving the strength of tooth enamel with fluoride, phosphates and calcium found in the saliva.

Be sure to avoid chewing a sugary gum so that you don’t accidentally feed the bacteria in your mouth to thrive and undo any positive benefits of chewing gum. You also still need to brush and floss your teeth every day since gum can’t replace these important dental health habits.

Contact Family Dental Care of Dothan at 334-792-5711 today if you feel you need to discuss your oral health with Dr. Keith Blackmon, our dentist, in Dothan, Alabama.