Yearly Oral Health Reminders: Chewing Gum

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Did you know that chewing gum can potentially provide more benefits for your smile rather than just brightening it? We often think of chewing gum as a product merely meant to freshen my breath, but it is also highly effective at washing away food debris and promoting saliva production.

The buildup of harmful bacteria and food residue in your mouth can lead to plaque formation. If left untreated, plaque formation can promote tooth decay and eventually turn into tartar, which is extremely difficult to remove without the assistance of a medical professional. Thus, it is important to remove all food debris and residue that is left behind after meals. Chewing sugarless gum is highly effective at removing residue.

You should never use chewing gum as a replacement for brushing and flossing. Although studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum after meals can help reduce and prevent cavities, chewing gum cannot replace the benefits that brushing and flossing can provide. In addition, it is important to always use sugarless gum to protect your smile from the presence of sugar. If you are experiencing any tooth sensitivity or jaw pain, stop chewing gum.

No matter which professional cleaning treatment you desire, Dr. Khashayar Khomejany and our team at Vacaville Dental Studio will care for your smile. To book an oral exam, routine checkup, or professional cleaning at our dentist office in Vacaville, California, please contact us at 707-448-5339.