Chewing Sugar-Free Gum May Promote Oral Health, Reduce Dental Care Costs.
Men’s Health (7/9, Brabaw) stated chewing sugar-free gum is an inexpensive and “simple” method to help promote oral health and reduce dental costs. “Anything we can do to reduce the amount of acid and bacteria in your mouth will help prevent tooth decay,” said Dr. Matthew Messina, an ADA spokesperson, “and that means less dental work over time.” According to the article, chewing gum increases saliva production, which helps remove food and neutralizes acids that wear away at enamel. Dr. Messina notes that gum does not replace brushing and flossing, adding, “There’s no better way to take care of your teeth than the usual brushing, flossing, and occasional check in with your dentist.”
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