Are you ready to improve your smile by adding a simple treatment such as sugarless chewing gum? Although you may not think of chewing gum as something that can provide any sort of benefits for your smile other than potentially whitening your teeth and freshening your breath, the truth is it can be potentially helpful at times.
Even though you can receive a professional cleaning from your dentist every 6 months, you shouldn’t neglect your daily cleanings, which includes brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily. Furthermore, to keep your mouth clean and free of plaque and bacteria, chewing sugarless gum can help.
When you are looking to implement a chewing gum routine into your mouth, it is most effective after meals, since the acids from your foods and beverages are still present on your teeth. Fortunately, chewing gum is not abrasive and is safe for your teeth at this time. Chewing gum can help improve your smile by producing additional saliva. Saliva is necessary for washing away disease and hydrating your mouth.
Saliva has even been proven to be effective in the treatment of heartburn. Studies have shown that by chewing sugarless gum for a period of twenty minutes, not only will you help protect your smile again the risks of cavities, but your mouth will also produce additional saliva which can minimize the effects of heartburn. Heartburn occurs when stomach acids travel up into your esophagus and into your mouth. Sugarless gum can minimize and eliminate these acids.
Do you have any additional questions or concerns about chewing gum and your oral health care? You are welcome to stop by our office. To schedule an appointment with your dentist at Scholes Family Dental, call us at our dental office in Couer d'Alene, Idaho at 208-667-1578. Dr. Michael Scholes and our entire team want to help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!