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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 sugarless 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 chewing gum that has the ADA seal of acceptance. The ADA seal shows that the sugar-free gum has met the ADA standards for safety and effectiveness. When gum (or another product) has the ADA seal, you can trust that it does what the packaging claims. Before earning the ADA seal, a company must verify all product information with ADA. You can be sure that chewing gum with the ADA seal is indeed sugarless and that the sweeteners it uses do not cause decay.

Even though chewing sugarless gum is beneficial for your smile, it should never replace brushing and flossing. The ADA and our dentist recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice daily and flossing once daily. We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nicholas Kondon.