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Are you aware of the importance of saliva production for your teeth and gums? Saliva is a substance that can be used to rinse away food debris and neutralize harmful acids on your teeth and gums. Thus, it is important to make sure you are using effective saliva producing techniques for your mouth, such as chewing sugarless gum.

You should avoid using chewing gum as a replacement for brushing and flossing. Even though studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum after meals can help eliminate and prevent cavities, chewing gum should never be used to replace brushing and flossing. Furthermore, it is important to always use sugarless gum to guard your smile in the presence of sugar. If you are feeling any tooth sensitivity or jaw pain when chewing the gum, stop.

The buildup of harmful bacteria and food residue in your mouth can cause plaque formation. If left untreated, plaque formation can encourage tooth decay and eventually turn into tartar, which is extremely difficult to remove without the assistance of a medical professional. Thus, it is important to eliminate all food debris and residue that is left behind after meals. Chewing sugarless gum is exceedingly effective at eliminating residue.

For additional assistance with your smile, Dr. Kenneth Pilgrim and our team at Kenneth Pilgrim are here to enhance your smile. If you would like to set up an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Flintstone, Georgia, please call us at 706-820-0413 to speak with a member of our team.