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Can’t Brush? Chew Gum!

If you or your children can’t brush after every meal, try chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes. The American Dental Association (ADA) agrees that the chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.

Of course, chewing gum should never replace regular brushing and flossing, but it is a good option when brushing is impractical.