Can't Brush? Chew On This Idea

Friday, November 22nd, 2013, 11:00 pm

Are you the kind of person that keeps a toothbrush in their desk drawer? You remember to floss every single day and keep your dental appointment like clockwork? Sometimes even those of us with a really good track record of oral health care get stuck in a place or a situation where we can’t brush. So chew instead!

Yes, chewing gum may be the answer to all those times when your teeth aren’t feeling clean, but you just can’t brush. Of course not just any chewing gum will do.

Research has shown that sugarless gum that contains xylitol helps control oral bacteria. A specific oral  bacteria, Streptococcus mutans, is responsible for tooth decay and xylitol affects the growth of these bad bugs.

Chewing sugarless gum with xylitol actually will help your smile in another way. Simply chewing the sugarless gum stimulates the flow of saliva. Saliva does a great job of washing away food debris and helps normalize the pH in the mouth. The act of chewing helps loosen and remove debris and bacteria as well.

Brushing your teeth is great – but there is such a thing as over-brushing. Brushing too often or brushing immediately after eating or drinking something that is highly acidic can actually damage your tooth enamel. This can lead to sensitive teeth and higher susceptibility to tooth decay.

Contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit and to learn more about preventative steps to protect your smile.

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