Did you know that chewing gum can be used as an alternative treatment to keep your teeth and gums protected against several health risks? Studies have shown that by chewing gum for a period of twenty minutes or longer after meals, you can effectively help protect your teeth and gums against the risk of cavities. Not only can chewing gum help protect against cavities, but it can also be used as a nonabrasive cleaning tool to rinse out debris in your mouth.
Thanks to the nonabrasive qualities of chewing gum, it can improve your saliva production without being overly harmful to your tooth enamel. Saliva is a substance that is known to help provide several oral health benefits, as it is instrumental in keeping your teeth and gums safe from several risks. The reason is that saliva can neutralize acids and wash away debris in your mouth. Through the use of saliva, you can help protect your tooth enamel against various acids and debris including those contained in vomit, heartburn, and your diet. Furthermore, chewing gum can even be helpful for removing plaque buildup that may begin to collect in your mouth. However, chewing gum should never be used as a substitute for brushing and flossing but rather as an additional supplement for your oral health care routine.
If you would like more information about how to enhance your smile with alternative cleaning tools or would like to schedule an appointment with Sandra L. Parker DDS Inc, you can call us at 714-289-0421. Dr. Sandra L. Parker and our entire team here at our dental office in Anaheim, California, look forward to seeing you soon!