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Are you looking for a simple, easy way to give your smile an extra boost of protection against decay? Studies have found that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing sugar-free gum increases the saliva flow. Increased saliva washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids in the mouth, and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Saliva also carries calcium and phosphate, which strengthen the tooth enamel against decay.

Choose a sugarless chewing gum that has the ADA seal of acceptance for further protection. The ADA seal shows that the sugarless gum has met the ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. When a sugar-free gum (or another product) has the ADA seal, you can trust that it does what the packaging claims. Companies must verify all product information with ADA before earning the seal. You can be sure that gum with the ADA seal is indeed sugar free and that the sweeteners it uses do not cause decay. ADA-approved sugarless chewing gum often uses one of the following sweeteners: aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol, or mannitol.

Chewing sugar-free gum should never replace brushing and flossing. The ADA and our dentist recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing once a day. To learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christine Lee, we encourage you to contact Simple Smiles Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry today. Our dentist and team are excited to hear from you and to serve your smile!