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Did you know chewing gum can help prevent cavities? Well, it’s true! Cavities can be a serious threat to your smile. They can become painful and lead to tooth loss which can even lead to gum disease and bone loss. That is why avoiding cavities is one of the healthiest things you can do for your teeth. Here at Kevin J. Reece, DDS in Payson, Utah, our team is happy to help you with tips and tricks on how to prevent cavities through chewing gum.

The American Dental Association has stated that if you chew sugarless gum for at least twenty minutes after a meal it could help keep cavities at bay. Because of the increased flow of saliva which chewing gum can give, you can neutralize the acids from bacteria in your mouth and wash away lingering bacteria or food particles in your teeth. By choosing sugarless gum you are also keeping sugar from causing other cavities which can destroy your smile.

Don’t forget, chewing gum is not a replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth. It is still essential to brush at least twice a day for two minutes a day as well as flossing regularly. Chewing gum can be used as an aid to help between your day after your meals before you have a chance to brush and floss your teeth.

If you would like to know more about preventing cavities, or feel it’s time for a dental checkup, please call us today at 801-465-4474 to set up an appointment with Dr. Kevin J. Reece. Our talented staff is happy to assist you and your oral health in any way we can.