Drinking lots of water is beneficial for your teeth. By consuming water, you wash away some of the debris left upon your gums and teeth. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva which can also help to remove the food particles left in the crevices of your teeth that may be difficult to reach without a brush. Chewing gum can give your mouth a boost and make your smile cleaner and fresher breath. However, continually chewing gum over uses the muscles, and sends the wrong message to the stomach that food is coming when it is not. If you must use gum make sure it it sugarless, and chew for a short time only, and after eating.
Going to your dental office biannually is essential to achieve optimal oral health. Your dentist is an expert in detecting developing oral concerns and treating them before they exhibit severe symptoms. Allowing your dentist to monitor the condition of your smile can help you avoid the need for complicated procedures in the future.
For more information on the effects if chewing gum, contact the office of Neil McLeod, DDS. Our West Hollywood dental team helps our patients enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile of a lifetime. Visit us for dentistry that lasts, with quality that counts.