Saliva functions to help eliminate unhealthy products that may linger on your teeth and gums. However, saliva can often be lowered by medications you’re taking and other issues that can contribute to dry mouth. Thus, you will need to use alternative dental treatments to help improve and promote the formation of saliva. One effective treatment to consider is by chewing sugarless gum after meals.
In order to keep your smile functioning effectively, it is important to implement all effective oral health care and hygiene routines as much as possible. The risk of dental erosion is always near, so the act of brushing and flossing should always be done. However, after eating, your teeth are susceptible to abrasion, and brushing can be overly abrasive. Thus, alternative products such as chewing gum should be used instead. Chewing gum is non-abrasive and can help clean your teeth after meals.
The reason chewing gum is so effective for your smile is because it can help produce additional saliva. Saliva is a substance in your mouth that is known for reducing the risk of dental abrasion. This is because materials in saliva can help provide disease-fighting substances for your teeth and gums and neutralize harmful acids within your mouth. In addition, chewing gum can help limit and prevent heartburn as it can be used to neutralize stomach acids that have traveled up your esophagus and into your mouth. However, always make sure that the chewing gum that you use is free of sugars as not to cause additional oral health ailments.
Questions about advanced oral health care treatments or your oral health? If so, now is the best time to visit the dentist office of Northridge Dental LLC for advanced oral health care treatments. Dr. Timothy Dinkelman and our team at our office in Lincoln, Nebraska, is here to ensure you receive the advanced oral health care treatments to keep your smile in peak condition. We can be reached by calling us at 402-477-1177.