Are you aware of the benefits that can arise due to chewing gum? Although chewing gum can lead to several oral health ailments including an increased risk for TMJ disorders, the process of chewing gum has also been shown to help keep your smile safe from the risks of dental erosion of cavities. This is because it can help spur on the production of saliva.
Saliva is a naturally occurring substance in your mouth that has been shown to help wash away food debris and particles that can linger in your mouth after eating. Furthermore, saliva can help neutralize harmful acids in your mouth and provide disease-fighting substances for your smile. If you are ever suffering from heartburn or another oral health ailment such as acid reflux disease, it may be possible for stomach acids to travel up into your mouth and cause dental erosion. However, if plenty of saliva is present, it will help neutralize the acids and wash out your mouth.
After eating, your teeth are often extra sensitive. This is because acids in your mouth constantly put your teeth at risk of further dental abrasion. Many individuals feel that they need to immediately clean their mouth out with tools such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. Although it is important to clean your mouth out by using a toothbrush or other similar product, you may actually contribute to further abrasion. Instead, try using non-abrasive tools such as sugarless chewing gum. You should never completely replace your brushing or flossing routines with chewing gum, but after meals, chewing gum has been proven to be safer for your smile.
Take your smile to the next level with effective oral health care treatments such as chewing sugarless gum after meals. If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a fantastic smile with our help, schedule an appointment with American Dental Associates at our dentist office in Chicago, Illinois by calling 773-284-1645. Our team looks forward to helping you. We look forward to helping you achieve the successful smile you desire.