Are you looking for alternative cleaning methods to help improve your smile? Did you know that chewing sugarless gum is an effective oral health care method? The reason it works is that chewing gum can stimulate a process in your mouth that helps neutralize acids and wash away harmful bacteria and food particles.
Chewing sugarless gum helps promote the formation of saliva. To maximize its effect, try chewing sugarless gum for at least 20 minutes after meals. With excess saliva flow, your teeth can better regulate harmful acids that cause dental erosion and can wash away harmful substances easier. Avoid regular gum, as it contains sugar.
Chewing sugarless gum has also been proven to be effective for treating and preventing heartburn. If you suffer from heartburn or heartburn related symptoms, the additional saliva in your mouth created by chewing gum can help neutralize the acids that may have traveled up your esophagus. Although sugarless gum can help promote better oral health care, it should be used as a supplement to your routine, and never as a replacement for traditional brushing and flossing.
No matter which treatment you desire, Dr. Watkins and our team at W Dental Group will make sure that your teeth are properly treated. To schedule an oral exam or professional cleaning at our dentist office in San Antonio, TX, please contact us at 210-526-0925. We will get you back to smiling once more!