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It is imperative that you uphold proper dental hygiene to maintain ideal oral health. Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. In addition, floss your teeth at least once a day. In addition, be sure to visit MajorSmiles at least twice a year. If you would like a little extra help preventing tooth decay, chewing sugar-free gum is a good option.

Studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent cavities. Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva flow, washing away food and other debris. Saliva also neutralizes acids from bacteria in the mouth. In addition, saliva flow carries calcium and phosphate, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.

When selecting chewing gum, look for the ADA Seal. Gum with the ADA Seal is sugarless and sweetened with non-cavity causing sweeteners. While chewing gum with sugar will also increase your saliva flow, it contains sugar which plaque bacteria uses to produce acids. These acids cause decay.

By no means should chewing sugarless gum replace brushing and flossing. The ADA still recommends brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Feel free to contact our office to learn more about ways to prevent tooth decay and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Bryan, Texas, Dr. Chuck Majors.