If you have not already done so, you should consider implementing effective oral health care techniques to improve saliva production. A lack of saliva in your mouth can lead to a dry mouth condition in which your risk of tooth decay and gum disease can drastically increase. To help produce additional saliva, consider chewing gum after meals.
According to numerous studies, chewing gum can help lower your risk for cavities. The substances in chewing gum are not responsible for the decrease in cavities, but rather it is from the act of chewing, which produces saliva. Saliva is a known substance which can help fight disease and neutralize harmful acids that contribute to dental erosion and tooth decay.
Chewing sugarless gum has also been proven to help treat and prevent heartburn. Heartburn occurs when stomach acids travel up your esophagus. Once these acids reach your mouth, they can eat away at your tooth enamel and cause further enamel erosion to occur. Saliva in your mouth produced by sugarless gum can help neutralize these stomach acids.
Our team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea looks forward to enhancing your smile with premium oral health care. To book an appointment at our dentist office in Chelsea, Michigan, please contact Dr. Steven Rodriguez and our team at 734-475-8911.