Chewing Gum for Your Oral Health | Willow Street PA Dentist

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Sugary, sticky, and sweet candies can increase your risk of tooth decay. But did you know that chewing sugarless gum, approved by the ADA, can actually help protect your teeth? Here’s what you need to know about gum and your oral health.

How it Works
Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which helps wash away food particles and debris from your teeth. This increased saliva flow can also neutralize acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. Over time, these acids can erode tooth enamel, leading to decay. Saliva contains calcium and phosphate, which aid in strengthening tooth enamel.

Look for the ADA Seal
When choosing gum, look for the ADA Seal. This ensures that the gum is sugarless and has met the ADA’s criteria for safety and effectiveness. ADA-approved products are rigorously tested to provide the benefits promised by the seal. Chewing ADA-approved gum after a meal or snack when you can’t brush is a great way to clean your teeth.

Can I Stop Brushing if I Chew Gum?
No. While chewing gum for twenty minutes after a meal can help, it’s not a replacement for brushing and flossing. You should still brush at least twice a day for two full minutes each time. Additionally, regular dental check-ups are essential. Our Willow Street PA Dentist recommends scheduling two visits per year, with more for patients with oral health issues.

Chewing sugarless gum has noticeable benefits for your oral health by increasing saliva production and helping to prevent decay-causing bacteria buildup. However, it should not replace brushing or flossing. Choose an ADA-approved sugarless gum for best results.

To schedule your next dental visit, please contact White Willow Family Dental. We’re here to help you maintain a healthy smile!

White Willow Family Dental of Willow Street
Phone: 717-740-2200
212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Suite 209
Willow Street, PA 17584


White Willow Family Dental
212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Suite 209
Willow Street, PA 17584

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