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Preventing cavities can help save your smile from costly or painful treatments. Did you know that chewing gum can help guard your teeth against cavities? Well, it’s true! Caring for your smile is important, which is why our team here at Jacqueline S. Reid DDS in Chatham, New Jersey, is happy to talk to you about how chewing gum can prevent cavities.

According to the American Dental Association, if you decide to chew sugarless gum for at least twenty minutes after a meal, it could help keep cavities at bay. This is because of the increased flow of saliva chewing gum can produce, and you can neutralize the acids from bacteria in your mouth and wash away lingering bacteria or food particles in your teeth. By keeping your gum sugarless, you are also keeping sugar from creating other cavities, which can destroy your smile.

Remember, chewing gum is not a considered replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth. It is still vital to brush at least twice a day for two minutes a day as well as flossing regularly. Chewing gum can be thought of as a tool to help between your day after your meals before you have a chance to brush and floss your teeth.

If you would like to find out more about preventing cavities, or feel it’s time for a dental checkup, please call us today at 973.635.9456 to set up an appointment with Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid. Our caring staff is happy to assist you and your oral health in any way we can.