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Most people, when gathering together an oral hygiene kit, don’t lump chewing gum in with their toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss or oral rinse. But dentists are advocating chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating because science has proven that it helps reduce plaque and fights cavities, and the American Dental Association approves.

Chewing in general increases the flow of healthy saliva. Saliva is the key here because when you chew sugarless gum after eating, it increases production and neutralizes plaque acids in the mouth and washes it away. Plaque acids wear away tooth enamel with time, so reducing it helps prevent tooth decay. Higher levels of saliva in the mouth also bring higher calcium and phosphate levels that protect precious tooth enamel.

Adding sugarless chewing gum to your oral hygiene toolkit is a smart move. But it doesn’t replace your daily brushing and flossing habits. It will, however, effectively supplement your routine particularly if eating out and you can’t brush. A good rule of thumb backed by the ADA is brushing your teeth twice a day and using a fluoride-containing toothpaste for your tooth enamel. The ADA also recommends getting rid of dental plaque from between your teeth every using the flossing method of choice that works for you. The goal is to take good care of your smile every day.

When you seek out dental products, make sure they carry the ADA Seal. The seal attests that these products have met the strict safety and effectiveness standards–the packaging claims are accurate. In the case of sugar-free gum, the ADA seal means that they have proven to meet at least one of these factors:

-Lower plaque acids.

-Lower cavities.

-Lower gum disease.

-Promotes remineralization of tooth enamel

-Proven safe on the oral tissues.

Our dentist, Dr. Gurusharan Singh and our Gurusharan Singh Seven Days team in Indianapolis, Indiana want to help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Please call us at 317-893-2700, and we will be happy to address any questions or concerns you have or get you scheduled for an appointment.