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Don’t let the threat of cavities take your smile over. Instead, why not chew cavities to help you prevent cavities? Did you know, sugarless gum can help prevent tooth decay? Well, it’s true! That is why, our team here at Derby Family Dentistry in Derby, Kansas, is happy to talk to you about how chewing gum can help guard against cavities.

According to the American Dental Association, also known as the ADA, if you chew sugarless gum for at least twenty minutes after a meal, it could help keep cavities at bay. Because of the increased flow of saliva which chewing gum can generate, you can neutralize the acids from bacteria in your mouth and wash away lingering bacteria or food particles in your teeth. By always choosing sugarless gum, you are also keeping sugar from causing other cavities, which can destroy your teeth.

Keep in mind, chewing gum is not a replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth. It is still imperative to brush at least twice a day for two minutes a day, as well as flossing regularly. Chewing gum can be thought of as an aid to help after your meals before you have a chance to brush and floss your teeth.

If you would like to learn more about preventing cavities, or feel it’s time for an oral health dental checkup, please call us today at 316-788-4000 to set up an appointment with Dr. Aaron Reilender or Dr. Brad Norden. Our professional staff is happy to assist you and your oral health in any way we can.