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Does Chewing Gum Really Prevent Cavities?

Alexandria VA Family DentistCommercials, magazine advertisements, and even posters in your dentist’s office promote the benefits of chewing sugar free gum, but it is really beneficial? Well, the benefits of chewing gum should not convince anyone to start chewing gum if s/he does not already – but, for those gum-chewers who are addicted to the habit, chewing the right type of gum has its advantages.

Chewing gum is known to produce an increase in saliva production. Saliva is a naturally occurring process that helps keep the mouth moist and helps to wash away bacteria and food particles. Every time you eat, small food particles and sugars are trapped between the teeth. The back molars are also prominent places for particles to become trapped because of their rough surfaces with deep grooves and pits. Chewing gum promotes an extra amount of saliva that is beneficial in washing way excessive bacteria and particles from the mouth after eating and drinking. However, choosing the appropriate type of gum is essential.

When choosing chewing gum as a means of preventing cavities, it is necessary to choose sugar free gum. Chewing gum with a heavy sugar content only adds sugars to the mouth. The bacteria within the mouth are most attracted to sugar, and they will congregate around these particles in huge numbers. As bacteria work to break down sugars and other particles inside the mouth, they begin to produce acids. It is these acids that eat holes in the tooth enamel (known as cavities) and produce infection to the gum line (known as gum disease). You do not want to promote cavities; therefore, choosing sugar free gum will not add the dangers of added sugar to the mouth.

Along with the benefit of decreasing the amount of sugar in the mouth, chewing gum is also very sticky. This sticky factor can pull particles out of the grooves of the molars, and these particles are extracted from the mouth when the gum is spat out.

At Green Dental of Alexandria, we are always interested in helping patients find more natural methods of achieving optimal oral health. We can recommend chewing gum for those who enjoy this habit. Call our practice today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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1725 Duke St, Suite GR03
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 549-1725

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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