Los Angeles Preventitive dentist Chewing gum: What kind is good for teeth?

Q: I’ve heard that chewing gum can actually be good for teeth. What kind should I chew?

A: Chewing gum is beneficial for your teeth, as long as you’re chewing the right kind. Sugary gum obviously isn’t good for your teeth, but sugarless chewing gum helps prevent tooth decay. Your mouth will produce more saliva when you chew sugarless gum, and that helps to break down the acids in your mouth while it also strengthens your tooth enamel. We suggest chewing some gum after a meal, so your increased saliva flow will help loosen any particles of food from your teeth.

Be sure to look for brands of gum that are recommended by the American Dental Association. You should also check for the ingredient xylitol, since it helps to reduce plaque.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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