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Believe it or not, chewing sugarless gum is very beneficial to your dental health. Chewing gum has been around since ancient times. AN early recipe for chewing gum included tree sap, and since then the recipe has been enhanced with colors, flavors and other ingredients.

Since many people think of gum as a type of candy, they may be surprised that a dentist would advise using sugarless gum to clean your teeth, but it’s true. So how does it work?

Your body manufactures saliva when you eat and chew. Saliva helps you to speak, and to chew your food to make it easier for your body to digest. It also counters the acids in your mouth and washes away the food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath gum disease and tooth decay.

Chewing sugarless gum fights tooth decay by increasing the amount of saliva in your mouth. A study in Europe found that chewing sugarless gum along with regular use of fluoride toothpaste reduced cavities in 5th graders by 42 percent as compared to the control group that did not chew sugarless gum.

To find out more about how sugarless gum can increase your oral health, or if you would like more information on how to keep your mouth and teeth clean and health, our dentist, Dr. Valerie Foster will be happy to meet with you. If you would like to make an appointment at our dental office in Aloha, Oregon, call 503.649.7011 to plan your visit.