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You may have heard that chewing gum is beneficial for your teeth, but do you know why? Studies performed by dental professionals have shown that chewing sugar-free gum helps prevent cavities, and our team at All Family Dental can tell you why.

Chewing gum boosts the production of saliva, which is the body’s natural way of fighting tooth decay. Saliva production neutralizes enamel-attacking acids and removes debris and food particles from the teeth.

While alternative products such as sugary gum and candy you can suck on will boost saliva production, their high levels of sugar feed acid-producing bacteria, which increases the risk of cavities and overrides the positive effects of saliva.

Thanks to their ability to reduce cavities, many sugar-free gums earned the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance, which cannot be purchased, only be earned. The Seal proves that the product in question has passed rigorous testing on its effectiveness and safety, ensuring that patients can enjoy a quality product.

If you are interested in learning new ways to prevent cavities in Oakdale, Minnesota, call 651.222.9715 and speak to a member of our team at All Family Dental. Dr. Richard Timm and Dr. Kevin Anderson encourage you to contact us today if you have noticed signs of a cavity so that we can provide you with the care you need.