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Did you know that it may be possible to use chewing gum to help lower your risk of cavities and other oral health risks? The reason that chewing gum is beneficial for your smile in some instances is because it can help produce a substance known as saliva. Saliva is a naturally occurring substance in your mouth that is produced to help wash away debris and other materials that can contribute to dental damage.

Through the use of saliva, you can help neutralize acids in your mouth and provide disease-fighting substances for your oral health care. Saliva has even been proven beneficial for the prevention and treatment of heartburn. When heartburn arises, stomach acids travel up your esophagus and into your mouth. If left untreated, the acids will eat through your tooth enamel and leave you at risk for pulp infection and tooth death. By chewing sugarless gum for a period of twenty minutes after meals, you can effectively help prevent the risk of cavities and even help minimize the risks associated with heartburn. The combination of chewing gum and saliva is a wonderful non-abrasive tactic for keeping your mouth clean after eating.

If you would like to learn more about ways to improve your smile, schedule an appointment with AZ Dental, by contacting us at our dental office in Sunnyvale, California. Our number is 408-738-1000. Dr. Ravi Aulakh and our team look forward to upgrading your smile!