The link between sugarless gum and your smile has only in recent years been truly understood and appreciated. Sugarless gum can turn your smile around for a healthier and happier set of pearly whites. However, the reason sugarless gum can be beneficial for your smile has little to do with the gum itself.
Chewing gum is often associated with a clean mouth, but not because of ingredients in the gum, but rather the processes the gum produces. By chewing sugarless gum, your mouth will create excess saliva. Not only can saliva neutralize harmful acids in your mouth, but it also plays a heavy role in washing away food debris and harmful bacteria that seek to destroy your teeth and gums. Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum after a meal for at least twenty minutes can increase saliva production and help prevent cavities.
Sugarless gum also plays a role in the prevention of heartburn. Heartburn is the result of stomach acids traveling up your esophagus. If these acids reach your mouth, they can destroy the layer of tooth enamel on our teeth that protect them. Sugarless gum decreases the rate at which heartburn can affect your teeth and also plays in role in preventing heartburn from occurring in the first place.
Stop by Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for a dental treatment today. With the helpful support of Dr. Alfred Haeberer and our wonderful team at our dentist office in Potomac Falls, Virginia, we can restore your smile to its former glory. To schedule an appointment, call us at (703) 433.2155. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.