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Chewing gum that is sweetened by some form of sugar can prove troublesome for maintaining good oral health. The excess sugar introduced to your mouth can increase plaque development, as well as your chances of suffering cavities and gum disease.

However, the physical activity of chewing gum increases saliva flow and can also help to dislodge stray food particles. In a certain light chewing gum after a meal can be beneficial.

Just be sure to only chew a brand of gum that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This small logo, printed on the package, indicates that the product has been researched for safety and effectiveness.

The American Dental Association only approves sugarless gum. This means they are sweetened by substances such as aspartame, sorbitol, or mannitol. These sugarless sweeteners are known for not causing cavities and tooth decay.

The American Dental Association also recommends brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day. This is the most effective method for clearing away plaque and food particles from your mouth. Attending your regular dental checkup at Dr. Yong Park’s dental office in Washington will further help clean your teeth and monitor the overall health of your mouth.

If you live in the Washington area and you have oral hygiene questions or concerns, you can always call 1-800-823-0830 to set up a consultation appointment at Washington Dental Group.