Chewing Gum

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As you may be aware, chewing gum is known to help protect teeth.

Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth.  This flow of saliva helps to neutralize and wash away acids that are produced when food is broken down.  This increase also brings calcium and phosphate to help build enamel through the saliva.  The American Dental Association recommends chewing sugarless gum.  Sugarless gum gives all of these benefits while not adding more sugar to your mouth.  Xylitol, a type of sugar alcohol now found in gum, is one of the most effective ingredients seen in sugarless gum.  It is nonfermentable, and it attracts and then starves bacteria allowing the mouth to remineralize.  Gum is not a substitute to your dental hygiene routine, but it can help in reducing further the risk of plaque, gingivitis and cavities.

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