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Even the person who brushes and flosses on schedule, and who makes sure to eat a healthy diet gets a craving for something sweet now and then. And there is nothing wrong with occasionally eating something sweet, as long as you don’t make it the center of your eating habits, and remember to brush your teeth. But you may want to think of taming your sweet tooth with a stick of sugarless gum.

The primary benefit of sugarless gum is that it stimulates the production of saliva. Saliva washes away leftover food, helps to neutralize the acids in your mouth, and can use the calcium and minerals in your body to strengthen your teeth. The increased saliva in your mouth can promote better breath and help prevent cavities. In fact, if you are in a bind and you have a lost filling or a break in your tooth, you can use sugarless gum to cover the damage until you can get in to see the dentist.

When shopping for sugarless gum take a moment to make sure that it carries the Seal of Acceptance from the American Dental Association. And remember that as beneficial as sugarless gum may be, it does not replace brushing and flossing, and regular visits to your dentist.

If you have questions about oral hygiene, have a problem with your teeth or mouth, or if it is just time for your routine cleaning and exam, our dentist, Dr. Kim Loan Nguyen can have a chair ready for you! If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and would like to schedule an appointment at Smile Image Dentists, call 281-759-1277 today!