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Sugarless Gum: More Than Fresh Breath

pieces of peppermint gum

Growing up, I was told chewing gum was bad for your teeth. But, recent clinical studies suggest otherwise (ok, I have to admit, Double Bubble and Bazooka were my favorites and they did not make the study).

The study found that chewing “ADA approved” sugarless gum for about 20 minutes after a meal can actually help prevent tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, which helps remove left over food particles. Increased saliva flow also carries more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel, not to mention the added bonus of some very minty breath.

There is the down side. You CAN NOT use gum to replace regular brushing and flossing. Think of it instead as your secret weapon to help aid in the prevention of tooth decay.

Sugarless gum should supplement the following dental hygiene practices:

Now that is something to sink your teeth into.

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