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Have you ever heard that chewing gum can help your or your child’s smile? This is true, depending on the type of gum. But what determines whether gum is helpful or detrimental to your smile? Dr. Kevin Caldwell and our team are happy to guide you in this matter.

Chewing Gum With Sugar
If the chewing gum contains sugar, the sugar can react with the bacteria in the mouth to create cavity-causing acids. Gum that contains sugar can do a lot of damage to the teeth because it doesn’t dissolve. Because of this, the sugars are in contact with the teeth for a longer period of time than most candy.

Sugarless Chewing Gum
The act of chewing gum is beneficial to your dental health. Chewing prompts saliva production. Saliva washes food particles from around the teeth and gums. Saliva also neutralizes the acid that causes cavities. So, to enjoy the benefits of chewing without the risk of cavities, chew sugarless gum. In addition to prompting saliva flow, sugarless gum can help clear away food particles, strengthen teeth, and reduce acid levels in your mouth.

We encourage you to contact our dental office at 417.673.1988 today for more information about chewing gum and to schedule your next visit with our dentist in Webb City, Missouri.