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Are you aware that chewing gum has been effectively proven to have oral health benefits for your teeth and gums? Although one traditional use for chewing gum is often to freshen breath, it may be possible for your gum to also whiten your teeth and help prevent cavities.

Even though chewing gum can provide a few oral health benefits, it can also cause some issues if the wrong type is used. Many gums contain harmful sugars, so if you do decide to try chewing gum, always stick with sugarless gum. Not only will sugarless gum help prevent cavities but it can even assist in the prevention and treatment of heartburn.

Studies have confirmed that chewing sugarless gum after meals for at least twenty minutes can prevent cavities. The reason has very little to do with the substances that comprise the gum, but rather the resulting creation of excess saliva in your mouth. Saliva is your body’s natural defense mechanism to rinse away harmful materials and bacteria. Furthermore, saliva can help neutralize the harmful acids within foods and drinks that are responsible for dental erosion.

A dental health disorder can be treated with the help of our licensed professionals at Boise Dental Center - Michael Smith, DMD & Evan Smith, DMD. To book an appointment with Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith at our dentist office in Boise, Idaho, please contact us at 208-343-4986. Let us help you achieve a healthy smile!