Is chewing gum a satisfactory cavity-fighting tool? Ironically as it seems, it is. The reason chewing gum is beneficial in battling cavities lies in the processes used to help chew the gum within your mouth. But, gum often contains harmful sugars that can be converted into acids that erode your tooth enamel, so always make use of sugarless gum.
Sugarless gum works by helping to facilitate the creation of saliva within your mouth. If your mouth produces more saliva, you are more likely to keep your mouth clean and clear from destructive substances that seek to damage your teeth and gums. Not only can saliva help to rinse away these harmful substances, but it can neutralize the acids in the products as well.
Sugarless gum has other uses beyond cavity deterrence. In regard to heartburn, harmful acids can travel up the esophagus, and if they enter the mouth can lead to dental erosion. Sugarless gum can help decrease the risk of heartburn and even help aid in the neutralization of any acids it may produce.
If you would like to have your teeth and gums inspected by our team at Scott A. Smith DDS, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith and our team at our dentist office in Merced, California. To schedule a visit, please call us at 209-205-4657. We look forward to making your smile shine soon!