Is chewing gum an acceptable dental cavity-fighting tool? Ironically enough, it is. The reason chewing gum is helpful in fighting cavities lies in the processes used to help chew the gum within your mouth. However, gum often has harmful sugars that can be converted into acids that erode your tooth enamel, so always try to use sugarless gum.
Sugarless gum is designed to promote a healthy smile, with many products containing ingredients to freshen your breath or remove stains and discolorations and whiten your smile. However, the ability of sugarless gum to fight cavities is due to the increase in saliva the gum produces. When your mouth produces more saliva, it can keep your mouth cleaner and wash away harmful ingredients. Saliva is also a natural acid neutralizer and beneficial for your enamel.
Saliva also helps in keeping heartburn at bay, so it may be possible to lower your risk for heartburn by chewing more sugarless gum. If you should develop heartburn, the gum can help spur the production of saliva, which can neutralize any harmful acids that may be coming up your esophagus towards your teeth.
Whichever services you feel would best suit your needs, Dr. Glen Lockwood and our team here at Kenai Dental Clinic in our dentist office in Kenai, Alaska are committed to providing you the service you require. We can be reached at 907-283-4875. Our dental superheroes are here to help!