If you have heard that chewing gum is good for your oral health, Dr. Charyl Weingarten and Dr. Scott Timmons have some great news! Numerous studies have proven that sugar-free gum helps to prevent cavities by keeping your smile clean.
When you chew gum, it promotes the production of saliva, your body’s natural defense against tooth decay because saliva neutralizes harmful acids and cleans food particles and debris from the teeth. Because of their efficacy in fighting cavities, many sugar-free gums have the Seal of Acceptance provided by the ADA, proving that the product fulfills its claims and has had its safety and effectiveness tested rigorously. You can rest assured the gum you are chewing is of high quality.
While chewing sugary gum and sucking on candy also increase saliva production, they contain high levels of sugar that increase bacteria levels and raise your risk of cavities. This overrides any positive effects can come from saliva production.
To learn more about cavity prevention in Wyoming, Minnesota, we invite you to contact Wyoming Family Dental at 651-462-5150 and speak with a member of our dedicated team. Additionally, if you suspect you have a cavity, we urge you to contact us immediately to see one of our experienced dentists, Dr. Charyl Weingarten and Dr. Scott Timmons. We are here to help you maintain your confident, beautiful smile!