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You brush and floss your teeth every day, but what else can you do to take care of your pearly whites?

Chewing gum after eating is a simple way to make sure that your teeth get taken care of. To understand how chewing gum helps, we must first understand a few things about the way mouths work.

You have bacteria that live in your mouth. These bacteria come together to form a sticky substance called plaque, that builds up on your teeth and gums. The bacteria of the plaque eats sugars and produces an acidic byproduct. This in turn eats away at tooth enamel, which causes cavities. This is why we brush our teeth–to clear up plaque and food particles from teeth to prevent cavities.

Your body also has a natural defense against cavities–saliva. Saliva delivers fortifying nutrients to your tooth enamel and cleans your teeth and gums. Herein lies the key to gum’s effectiveness: salivary gland stimulation. As more saliva is created, your teeth get cleaner. Thus, chewing gum helps prevent cavities. Stick to sugarless gum, though, as the sugar in sweet gum feed the very bacteria you are trying to fight.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call our office in Amsterdam, New York, at (518) 843-9177. Dr. Vincent J. Giaimo, D.D.S., L.L.C. and our team look forward to making your smile shine!