Can chewing gum help prevent dry mouth? Although dry mouth is often linked to increasing a person’s risk for tooth decay and gum disease, there are ways to help lower our chances for its occurrence. One of those methods is sugarless gum.
Chewing sugarless gum has many features beyond just freshening your breath. According to numerous studies on the topic, chewing sugarless gum for a time of twenty minutes, preferably after eating, can increase your mouth’s production of saliva, which has been shown to effectively remove plaque, and bacteria, and in turn help protect your teeth and tooth enamel against tooth decay and cavities.
Chewing sugarless gum has also been shown to be effective in the prevention and treatment of heartburn and heartburn related symptoms due to harmful acids wandering up your esophagus. If these harmful acids were to reach your teeth and gums, they can eat away at your tooth enamel and even destroy your gum tissue. Chewing sugarless gum can help stimulate saliva activity to neutralize the acids that may be traveling up your esophagus as a result of heartburn.
If you would like to have your teeth and gums inspected by our team at Smiley Dental Camp Bowie, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynh Pham and our team at our dentist office in Ft. Worth, Texas. To schedule a visit, please call us at 817.916.4343. We look forward to seeing you soon!