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If you wish there was a way to easily improve your oral health, try chewing gum. Gum is a great product that can help you keep your smile in tip-top shape—but only if you chew the right kind of gum. So, to help you pick the right kind of gum for your chompers, our Alberto A. Herrero, DDS team recommends choosing a product that:

Is sugar free
Sugar-free gum is known to increase saliva flow, which is extremely beneficial because it helps wash away the bacteria, food particles, and plaque that cling to your teeth. Chewing this gum can also neutralize the acid in your mouth, which can reduce your chances of falling victim to tooth decay. It’s best to chew this gum after each meal and snack for best results.

Has xylitol
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that stops decay-causing bacteria. It tends to inhibit the growth of Streptococcus mutans and it keeps the bacteria from adhering to the surfaces of your teeth. This is a great way to keep cavities at bay.

Has been approved by the ADA
If the gum has the American Dental Association’s seal of approval, that means that it has passed tests that have evaluated for safety and effectiveness. This means that you have the best product available on the store shelf.

Chewing gum can help you in many ways, but please remember that it should not replace your oral hygiene techniques. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing should always be your top priority and you should only use gum to quickly wash your smile and prevent tooth decay. If you have any questions about chewing gum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or if you need to talk to your dentist, Dr. Alberto A. Herrero, about any concerns, please call 734-222-9140 now. We look forward to talking with you!