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If like many patients you would be interested in learning a simple way to improve the health of your smile, our team is happy to help! We encourage you to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least daily, and we may recommend chewing gum to further boost your oral health. You may find that chewing sugar-free gum can help lower your risk of cavities.

Studies performed on gum have show that when you chew sugar-free gum for a minimum of 20 minutes following a meal, you can decrease your risk of tooth decay. Many people find this surprising, but the fact is chewing gum boosts your flow of saliva, which is responsible for helping to wash away lingering food particles and plaque. Having a healthy amount of saliva also protects the tooth enamel from erosion because it can neutralize the harmful acids that cause cavities and contains properties that strengthen tooth enamel, including fluoride, phosphates and calcium.

To ensure you can enjoy the full benefits of gum, be sure that you choose a sugarless gum since introducing more sugar to your mouth serves to feed the bacteria and counteracts any good results of gum.

Please keep in mind that chewing gum is not a substitute for brushing or flossing your teeth, but can provide extra protection for your smile. Please feel free to contact our dentists at 830-626-1002 if you have further questions about your oral health in New Braunfels, Texas, and would like to schedule a visit to Hill Country Dental.