The doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania encourage patients to take care of their oral health in their daily lives. Even when you brush and floss regularly, chewing sugar-free gum is a great way to freshen your breath and your smile throughout the day. When you picture chewing gum, you may think of kids chewing extra sweet bubble gum blowing and popping bubbles. But adults can chew and enjoy gum too!
Chewing sugar-free gum soon after eating is a great way to clean up between brushings. Choose a gum that is sugar-free or look for one sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can also help prevent tooth decay. Chewing gum for about twenty minutes soon after eating will encourage production of more saliva to neutralize acid and wash it away from the teeth. The only way chewing gum may be harmful is if you have jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder symptoms, because excess chewing can agitate that issue. Sugar-free gum is still an easy thing to carry along, and a great way to care for your smile.
To learn more about oral health and all the services we provide, visit www.oralsurgerypa.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, call 215-463-4141.