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Saying that doing something as simple as chewing sugarless gum can help prevent cavities seems like a dubious claim. But, it’s true! The chewing gum actually stimulates the body’s first defense against cavity formation: the production of saliva.

Saliva washes away harmful bacteria that cause plaque buildup and neutralizes dangerous acids responsible for tooth erosion. Chewing conventional gum can also promote saliva, of course, but the sugars present feed the bacteria in your mouth. This bacteria produces acids that erode tooth enamel. This negates any benefits of chewing gum. Thus, chewing sugar-free gum helps fight cavities.

Some sugarless gums have even qualified for the ADA Seal of Acceptance. This seal is given by the American Dental Association and can be found on many dental health care products. It guarantees that you are getting a product that does what it says it does–in this case, that the gum helps prevent cavities by promoting saliva production.

For information on more simple and easy practices, you can integrate into your daily life that will help to prevent cavities, call Shiva Hogugi, DDS at 248-669-5110. If you would like an oral exam from Dr. Shiva Hogugi, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in West Bloomfield, Michigan. We are happy to help!