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Does Chewing Gum Really Prevent Cavities? Princeton, NJ
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Chewing gum has been a habit that millions of Americans have enjoyed for over a century. It has been used to break habits (e.g. smoking, biting fingernails), to relieve stress, and to freshen breath. Yet, there is another benefit to chewing gum that some people find hard to believe: it prevents cavities. You read that right! Chewing the right kind of gum can benefit the health of your teeth and protect your smile.

Chewing gum benefits the mouth by increasing saliva production. Now, many people overlook the importance of saliva – that is until they experience a severely dry mouth. Saliva keeps the mouth moist, and a moist mouth is less likely to develop cavities.

Every day there are millions of bacteria that call your mouth their home. These bacteria feed off the tiny particles left behind inside the mouth after eating or drinking anything other than water. As the bacteria congregate around the particles, they begin to produce acids to help break them down. Of course, acids are extremely corrosive and will eat their way through anything in their path. Inside your mouth, this would be your tooth enamel. Cavities are caused by acids eating holes in the teeth. It is important to note that oral bacteria are most attracted to particles that contain sugar. They will congregate in large quantities around sugar particles, creating small pools of acid that will cause damage to the teeth very quickly.

Saliva helps to rinse acid producing-bacteria away from the teeth and out of the mouth. It is vital to choose gum that is sugar-free so that you are not inviting sugars into the mouth for bacteria to feast upon. Gum that is laden with sugar only entices the already present bacteria to stick around and produce more acids – more destruction – inside the mouth.

At Prime Dental Care, we are here for all of your oral health needs. If you would like a recommendation of a sugar-free chewing gum, please contact our practice today. Of course, chewing gum should never be used as a replacement for flossing and brushing your teeth each day. Chewing gum is an added supplement that can help to prevent cavities in a tasty and easy manner.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540

(609) 688-8818

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Ms P.

My husband has been going to Dr Ma and this practice for many years and swears by them so I thought I would try it out. Very pleasant and professional with a great location and good availability, they respond to queries in a timely way and provide reminders for appointments via text which is great since some practices appear to be in the dark ages on some of the practical stuff. Everyone seems to try to ensure you have a pleasant visit (in spite of being to the dentist!) so kudos to the whole operation. Also, a lot of care has been taken to go above and beyond the requirements of hygiene during this pandemic including state-of-the-art air filtration systems.

Jay J.

Starting from reception to the assistant to the doctors they are so amazing. I have major dental anxiety and they were above and beyond sweet and nice to me. I have come back after a root canal and I can go for a run I feel that good and comfortable with them. They rock! They are awesome- I highly recommend this place

Xiao L.

I’m experiencing a very painful toothache during the COVID-19 period. Thanks for Dr. Ma’s quick response using the “teledentistry”, I got a timely and precise diagnosis without having to step out of my house. I really appreciated their help at this moment!

Zoe F.

I have been here multiple times with Maggie and Dr.Patel. Both of them are amazing and make you feel very comfortable the whole time!

Riya P.

Everyone here is very friendly and is willing to help you. It is a very good experience here! Highly recommend coming here!

Sandy W.

Everyone there is friendly and professional. They have taken great care of me every time I’ve visited.

Elliot V.

Prime Dental care has a great friendly staff. I had a wonderful experience with my hygienist Kate, she was very thorough, professional, and kind! Dr. Ma was informative and did a wonderful job of explaining everything. Would highly recommend Prime Dental Care!

Cody M.

Dr. Ma and her staff are very friendly and super thorough. They take the time to explain every part of the care and are invested in my overall dental health. I would recommend them to everyone!

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