When you eat a meal or a snack there are often stray food particles left behind in your mouth. While your twice daily brushing and evening flossing efforts are intended to clear them away, there are still simple things you can do to help maintain a clean mouth and fresh breath.
Chewing sugarless gum can often help promote saliva production in the mouth, which can help wash away lingering food particles. At the same time, the stickiness of the gum might physically pull away trapped food particles near the base and contours of your teeth.
The staff at A. Agustin Vega also points out that not all brands of sugarless gum meet the American Dental Association’s high standards. Make sure to always look for the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance on the packaging.
As a rule, they will only approve a brand of gum that uses an artificial sweetener like aspartame, sorbitol, mannitol, or xylitol. These sweeteners will not promote oral bacterial growth. The ADA will never approve a brand of gum that uses sugar as the sweetener.
Of course, this is just an additional measure. Chewing sugarless gum can never replace the effectiveness of brushing and flossing your teeth.
If you live in the Olympia, Washington, area and you have an oral health or hygiene concern, can always call 360-943-5551 to schedule a dental checkup from our dentist, Dr. A. Agustin Vega.