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Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum can bring a lot of benefits to your mouth health? It’s true! Studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for about 20 minutes after eating can help prevent cavities. These may seem a little far-fetched, but the trick lies in the natural processes your body already has.

When you chew, your mouth produces more saliva. It is the extra saliva–not the gum itself–which fights the bacteria that cause cavities. To understand how this works, we should start by understanding what causes cavities in the first place.

Cavities form primarily through acid erosion; acids come both from the foods you eat and from the bacteria that live in your mouth. The microflora consume sugars from leftover food particles in your mouth. They convert that sugar into an acidic byproduct, which erodes enamel until a hole forms. Acid erosion can also occur when acids from foods and drinks are introduced directly into the mouth.

Saliva is your body’s first natural defense against cavities. Help your mouth along by chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after each meal.

For more information, call Turlock Dental Care in Turlock, California, at 209-667-7889. Dr. Robert A. McCulla and our team look forward to making your smile shine!