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Does Chewing Gum Really Prevent Cavities?, Marietta

Does Chewing Gum Really Prevent Cavities?

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Chewing gum has been around for thousands of years. People have chewed gum to freshen their breath, to break bad habits, to lose weight, or simply to enjoy its flavor. Another lesser known reason why people chew gum is because they have read in an advertisement that chewing gum can help prevent cavities. To many people, this sounds too good to be true. An easy and enjoyable habit that protects oral health? Keep reading to learn more.

Inside the human mouth, millions of bacteria take up residence on any given day. These bacteria have the sole purpose of breaking down food particles that become trapped in and between the teeth after eating and drinking anything other than water. However, as these bacteria go about their soul duty, they begin to produce acids to help them in their endeavors. Oral acids are like every other acid – they eat their way through anything in their path; of course, inside your mouth this is your tooth enamel.

At its most basic explanation, cavities are formed when acids eat a hole into a tooth.

So how does this pertain to chewing gum? Well, one of the most underappreciated features of the mouth is saliva. If you have ever experienced severe thirst or dry mouth, then you know that saliva keeps the mouth moist and comfortable. However, saliva does a great deal more. Saliva helps to wash away not only particles left behind after eating and drinking, but it also helps to neutralizes acids. The more saliva there is in the mouth, the less likely bacteria are to adhere to the surfaces of the teeth and produce acids. Also, the acids that they do produce can be neutralized by mixing with the saliva inside the mouth. This is exactly how chewing gum helps to prevent cavities. Chewing gum promotes the production of saliva and keeps the entire mouth moist so that the acid-producing bacteria do not damage the teeth.

Of course, it does matter what type of gum you chew! It is essential that you choose sugar-free gum in order to prevent cavity development. Oral bacteria are most attracted to particles of sugar; therefore, if you chew gum laden with sugar, you are simply leaving behind deposits of sugar for the bacteria to congregate around in huge quantities. Chewing sugar-free gum allows you to receive the benefit of chewing gum without compromising your oral health.

At Dental Care Center at Kennestone, we care about all aspects of your oral health. We want to partner with you to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health. Contact our office today to learn more.

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  • I absolutely love this dental experience. I used to dread having to make dental trips but since finding this office 4 years ago that took the dread away. From making the appointment, to visiting with the office staff. It's great. The Hygienist is very friendly. But that Dr. O,
    she is a ray of sunshine. Perfect bedside manner, concerning, caring, helpful, and so very positive. I do not have dental insurance and could go somewhere else that may be a tad cheaper but I wouldn't trade this dental office for the world. They feel more like family. Give them a try you won't regret it!

    Angie W.
  • I am very happy I came to this dental office! I tend to avoid going to the dentist because of past experiences, but my visit today was 10/10!! The dental hygienist, Kelly, and Dr. Buffington were so nice and thorough. I highly recommend! So happy I found a good and nice dental office finally!! :)

  • Always a great experience when I come in for cleanings or any work that has to be done. Special thanks to my hygienist Kelli for a good cleaning today and making me feel comfortable. Dr. Buffington is also terrific and very attentive. The entire staff will make you feel welcome and comfortable.

    Mark P.
  • I have been a patient here for many years. I’ve always had positive experiences. I especially like the Dental Hygenist “Callie”. She is just the best, always smiling and cheerful, just what you need at the Dentist. She is very experienced and I’ve learned a lot from her. All the Staff is very nice and polite and Dr Buffington is great also. I’ve had a lot of dental work done by her and never had a problem. She is very gentle and painless too!

    Nancy M.
  • The dentist, Dr. Buffington, hygienist, and staff were professional and efficient. Dr. Buffington provided an excellent explanation to my question so that I understood the situation. High recommend this dental practice.

    Don S.
  • Dr. Buffington has to be the kindest, most patient dentist in the world. The staff is amazingly attentive, non-judgemental and offers a very comforting experience. I appreciate how patient they are with me, a 44-year old that still cries and would rather give birth (without medication) than have dental work. I hope you catch my drift😉

    Adriennes B.
  • I really like Dr. Buffington. She gave me a plan that gives me hope about a TMJ issue. Everyone on the staff was professional and seemed genuinely caring. I would highly recommend the office.

    It’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and they don’t try to sell you on things you don’t need.

    Donna D.
  • I highly recommend this dental practice. They took prompt and amazing care of me to address a TMJ episode. Dr. Buffington and all employees I encountered were professional, friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They set me on the path of recovery and have earned my respect and business going forward. How refreshing to engage with a business that truly understands customer service.

    Ronni P.