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The saliva in your mouth helps to wash away food particles and minor bacterial deposits after you are done eating. People who struggle with chronic dry mouth are often at increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Occasionally chewing sugarless gum can help promote saliva production to remove food particles and acids from certain foods and drinks. Sugarless gum can help reduce the chances of developing cavities and gum disease. When shopping for a new brand of sugarless gum it’s important to always look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This logo can only be printed on a product that has met the Association’s criteria for safety and effectiveness. The American Dental Association only approves sugarless gum that has been sweetened by substances such as aspartame, sorbitol, mannitol, or xylitol. These sugarless sweeteners will not promote plaque formation, tooth decay, or periodontal health problems.

It’s also important to remember to thoroughly brush your teeth each morning and night, and you should floss your teeth once a day. While you should floss between your teeth, don’t forget to floss along your gumline.  Having a routine dental checkup by our dentist, Dr. Gloria Stingley is also very important for cleaning any plaque or bacteria that you may have missed while brushing, and for monitoring the overall health of your mouth.

If you live in the Norcross, Georgia, area and you have an oral health concern, we invite you to call 770-662-5955 to schedule a dental checkup at Carter-Rockbridge General Dentistry P.C..