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Did you know that there are times when chewing gum has been effectively proven to have oral health benefits for your smile? Although one common use for chewing gum is often to freshen breath, it may be possible for your gum to also whiten your teeth and help fight cavities.

Although standard chewing gum can also stimulate cavity prevention, the sugars in the gum can damage your teeth. However, sugarless gum provides all the benefits without any of the dangers. By chewing sugarless gum, you can stimulate an increase in saliva production within your mouth. Saliva has been proven to help wash away harmful bacteria and food particles as well as neutralize harmful acids that seek to destroy your precious tooth enamel.

Chewing gum can also assist you in the quest to fight heartburn. Harmful acids travel up the esophagus and damage your teeth, but with sugarless gum, the additional saliva can lower your risk for heartburn and even help fight against its dangerous effects.
If you are interested in a professional cleaning from Chris E. Lindsey DDS at our dentist office in Palo Alto, California, call us as 650-327-3770. Dr. Chris Lindsey and our team want to ensure your teeth remain clean for a lifetime to come.