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Sugar-free gum can help fight cavities! Chewing sugarless gum for about 20 minutes after you eat can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum’s effectiveness is actually due to a defense your body already has in place for protecting your mouth and teeth: saliva.

As was suggested, it is the saliva, not the gum itself, that actively fights cavities. Saliva washes away the destructive bacteria that causes plaque buildup. It can even neutralize the harmful acids that are responsible for tooth erosion. Chewing conventional gum or sucking on sugar-filled candy can also promote saliva, but the sugars feed the very bacteria the saliva is trying to fight. This negates any benefit you would gain, thus, chewing sugar-free gum is recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA).

Some sugarless gums have even earned something called the ADA Seal of Acceptance.You can find this seal on many dental healthcare products. It guarantees that you are getting a product that does what it says it does–in this case, it helps prevent cavities by increasing saliva production.

For more information about simple habits you can integrate into your oral health routine, call Northridge Dental Group in Northridge, California, at 818-886-6100. Dr. Shahdad Arami and our team are happy to help!