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Have you ever thought about the benefits of chewing gum after meals? During the holiday season, we often consume excessive amounts of products, including copious amounts of sugar and acidic foods and drinks. Thus, it is important to make sure our mouth is cleaned out as soon as possible. However, due to the potential for dental abrasion from toothpaste at this critical time, an alternative method should be used, such as chewing sugarless gum.

Chewing gum has numerous properties that can improve your oral health. However, it is important to make sure you always opt for sugarless chewing gum, as traditional chewing gum features enough sugar to offset any potential benefits that can be had. To help prevent erosion and cavities, consider chewing sugarless gum for at least 20 minutes after meals. During this time, the act of chewing gum will produce saliva flow that can help wash away food debris and neutralize harmful acids.

In addition, sugarless chewing gum can help negate damage caused by heartburn. Heartburn arises when harmful stomach acids travel up the esophagus and into your mouth. If left unchecked, the acids can erode away the tooth enamel on your precious teeth. Thus, make sure your mouth has enough saliva flow to neutralize the acids and provide disease-fighting substances through your mouth.

For additional assistance with an oral exam or professional cleaning, Drs. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader and our team at Oakmont Family Dentists are here to give you the smile you desire. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, please call us at 412-828-3311 to speak with a member of our team.