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Did you know there are certain types of gum that can attack and harm your smile? Well, it’s true, especially gum that contains high amounts of sugar. So, it’s important to be mindful of the kind of gum you put into your mouth. To help you choose the best chewing gum possible for your smile, our Brandon Burger, DDS dental team encourages choosing gum that:

Is sugarless: Sugar is a harmful substance for your teeth, especially because it promotes tooth decay. So, if you chew sugarless gum, your chances of having cavities are decreased. Also, chewing sugarless gum can help you produce saliva. And the more saliva you produce, the more the bacteria in your mouth will be neutralized and washed away.

Contains xylitol: Xylitol is a beneficial substance that acts as a sweetener in sugarless gum. It is mostly beneficial because it inhibits the growth of Streptococcus mutans which are bacteria that promote and create cavities. Xylitol can also prevent bacteria from clinging to your teeth, which can also help prevent tooth decay as well as plaque growth.

Has ADA approval: If the gum you chew has the approval of the American Dental Association, then it means it passed tests that have evaluated for safety and effectiveness. This seal will help you know that you have the safest and most beneficial product on the store shelf.

If the gum you choose has these three characteristics, then you’ll be on the right track toward maintaining a top-notch oral health and smile. For more information on the best and healthiest chewing gum in Hermitage, Tennessee, please call our office at 615-889-8202 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brandon Burger if you have any concerns for your oral health. We look forward to helping you!