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Fight Cavities with Chewing Gum!

The American Dental Association says that chewing sugarless gum may help you fight cavities.   The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has, in fact, given its seal of approval to several chewing gum brands. The approval is based on its finding that the physical action of chewing sugarfree gum for 20 minutes after eating, stimulates saliva flow, which helps to prevent cavities by reducing acids and making teeth more resistant to decay.

 

In fact, they say that in the future, we can look for chewing gum that delivers a variety of therapeutic agents that could provide additional benefits to those provided by the ability of gum to mechanically stimulate saliva flow. For instance, some gum might contain active agents that could enhance the gum’s ability to remineralize teeth and reduce decay, or enable gum to help reduce plaque and gingivitis. You can read more from the ADA here.

Works for children and adults. Of course, small children should be supervised when chewing gum. So if you can’t brush right after a meal or snack, try chewing a piece of gum.  Just be sure it’s sugarfree gum!