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If you want to enjoy a healthy smile, you’ll want to watch what you put in your mouth. For example, let’s talk about chewing gum. While some kinds of gum should be avoided, others can have unique advantages for your mouth.

The chewing motion and substances in the gum help your salivary glands produce saliva, which actually carries bacteria and food particles away from your pearly whites and provides them with various nutrients to strengthen your enamel or the outermost layer of your teeth.

Avoid gum with sugar in it. While it can stimulate saliva production, the sugar will feed the bacteria in your mouth and aid in tooth decay, canceling out the effects of the saliva. Instead, choose sugarless gum, especially packs with xylitol on the ingredient list. Xylitol can actually strengthen your teeth and fight off bad bacteria.

Let it be noted that chewing gum alone isn’t enough to fight bacteria. You also need to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the dentist regularly.

If you’re interested in hearing more about choosing a healthy chewing gum in Charlotte, North Carolina or it’s time to set up your dentist appointment, please feel free to give Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA a call at 704-523-7221. Our dentist, Dr. Robert H. Watson, and our team will be happy help you in any way we can.