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Lingering food particles and other bacterial matter in your mouth can lead to an increase in oral plaque acids. Over time the persistent acidic environment can gradually start to compromise the mineral strength of your tooth enamel. If it goes unaddressed for too long it could increase your chances of suffering from tooth decay.

Ideally, your mouth’s natural saliva production will help loosen food particles and wash away trace amounts of plaque. Individuals struggling with chronic dry mouth might have excess bacterial deposits in their mouth. In a situation like this, you might help stimulate saliva production by periodically chewing a brand of sugarless gum that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

Approved brands of sugarless chewing gums are typically flavored by substances like maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol or the sugar alcohol xylitol. These artificial sweeteners are known to not promote bacterial growth. The American Dental Association never approves brands of chewing gum that use sugar as a sweetener.

Our dentist notes that sugarless gum is not a viable alternative for brushing or flossing your teeth. It is merely a convenient way to help loosen stray food particles and stimulating saliva production. You will need to brush your teeth each morning and night as well as remembering to floss at least once per day.

Your routine dental checkups at Ridge View Smile Care will further serve to clean bacterial deposits from your teeth and monitor the overall health of your mouth.

If you are in the Logan, Utah, area and you have an oral hygiene concern, can always call 435-752-1434 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt.