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One of the most common risks to our smiles continues to be cavities and tooth decay. Tooth decay results from the erosion of our tooth enamel that protects our teeth. If tooth decay finds a way to dig through our enamel and into our tooth’s root, this is known as a cavity. Cavities must be treated or infections, diseases, and tooth loss can occur. Apart from your daily brushing and flossing habits, there are other ways to shield your teeth. Did you know that sugarless gum can prevent cavities?

By chewing sugarless gum, your mouth can produce additional amounts of saliva to account for the gum. Saliva can not only wash away harmful bacteria that cause plaque, but it can even neutralize dangerous acids that are often the cause of tooth decay and cavities. Chewing gum that contains sugars can also promote saliva, but the addition of sugars in the gum can harm your tooth enamel.

Chewing sugarless gum has even been shown to help with the effects of heartburn. Heartburn results when acids from the stomach travel up the esophagus and slowly wear away your tissues and strip away your tooth enamel. Sugarless gum has been shown to help protect your teeth from the acids and can even prevent heartburn from arising.

If you think you have dental damage, please call Sonney Chong DMD so we can get you in to see Dr. Sonney L Chong and our team as soon as possible. Our office is located in Sacramento, California, and we can be reached at 916-421-3057. Let us help you get a whiter, brighter smile today!