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Dr. Na Xu
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Salem, OR 97302

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Chewing Gum: An Easy Way to Fight Tooth Decay

Did you know that by chewing sugarless gum for at least 20 minutes after every meal, you can significantly cut down your risk of tooth decay? When you chew gum, it increases the production of saliva in your mouth, which is what is needed to wash away the particles of food left in your teeth. This also helps to decrease the risk of acids breaking down the enamel of your teeth from the bacteria in your mouth. In addition, saliva has vital nutrients in it, including calcium and phosphate, which are essential to strengthen the enamel of your teeth, helping you to fight tooth decay.

Choose your Gum Wisely

Not all chewing gum is created equal. When you are looking for the perfect variety, only choose those that contain the ADA seal of approval. These gum options go through rigorous testing by the ADA to ensure their effectiveness in decreasing cavities. All of these gum products are sugarless and typically contain the ingredient xylitol, which is known to help fight against cavities.

Don't Forget to Brush!

Chewing gum after every meal should not be used as a replacement for brushing your teeth at least twice per day. If you have the opportunity to brush your teeth after eating a meal, by all means do so. However, it is advised that you wait to brush at least 30 minutes after finishing your meal, so that if you consume acidic foods, the water you drink can rinse your teeth and protect your enamel.

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