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Are you looking for a simple, easy way to give your smile extra protection against decay? Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals can help prevent tooth decay. Chewing sugarless gum increases the saliva flow. Increased saliva helps wash away food and other debris, neutralize acids in the mouth, and provide disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Saliva also carries calcium and phosphate, which strengthen the tooth enamel against decay.

Choose a brand of chewing gum that has the ADA seal of acceptance for extra effectiveness. The ADA seal shows that the sugar-free gum has met the ADA standards for effectiveness and safety. When gum has the ADA seal, you can trust that it does what the packaging says. Companies are required to verify all product information with ADA before earning the seal. You can be sure that gum with the ADA seal is indeed sugarless and that the sweeteners it uses do not cause decay. ADA chewing gum often uses one of the following sweeteners: aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol, or mannitol.

Chewing sugarless gum never replaces brushing and flossing. It is not a substitute for proper oral hygiene. The ADA and our dentist recommend brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. We welcome you to contact our office for more information about the benefits of sugarless gum in Longwood, Florida, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Guarnieri.