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Did you know that sugarless gum can be an excellent tool to help fight cavities? Well, it’s true! Here’s how it works:

Chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which in turn counteract the effects of acids on your teeth and washes away lingering bacteria and food particles from your teeth. One important key, however, is to make sure that your gum is sugarless. The sugar can feed bad bacteria and help it multiply, canceling out the effects of the saliva production.

According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugarless gum for at least twenty minutes after a meal can help keep cavities at bay. Remember, however, that gum is not a replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth. Brush twice and floss once every single day. Chewing gum can be a supplementary tool to help clean your teeth after meals and before your oral hygiene routine.

Would you like to learn more about preventing cavities, or do you feel it’s time for a dental checkup? Please call Rainier Dental Center in Seattle, Washington today at 206.329.1100 to set up an appointment with Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta. Our friendly staff is eager and happy to assist you and your oral health in any way we can.