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Have you ever considered using an alternative dental cleaning tool or technique beyond the traditional brushing and flossing daily routines? While brushing and flossing should never be skipped or replaced, there are supplemental cleaning utensils and methods you can consider, such as mouthwash and chewing sugarless gum.

Create an improved oral health identity with sugarless gum. If your oral health care routine could use sugarless gum, remember the following:

– Sugarless gum can stop cavities when chewed for at least twenty minutes after a meal.

– Sugarless gum can be used to supplement your oral health care much the same way mouthwash can, but it cannot and should not be used as a replacement for brushing and flossing daily.

– Saliva that is created by the frequent chewing actions involved with chewing gum is the substance which helps keep your smile clean. Saliva can clear away harmful plaque and neutralize acids that can cause dental erosion to your precious tooth enamel.

– Chewing gum high in sugar can also produce saliva, but the addition of sugar cancels out many of the perks that the chewing gum could have.

Don’t wait until it’s too late for a dental health exam. If you would like to know if you need additional oral health care, please book an oral exam with Dr. Thomas Hicks and our team at LifeSmile Dental Group at our dentist office in Portland, Oregon, by calling us at 503-644-5433. We look forward to seeing you soon!