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Due to the various ways in which your mouth can become damaged, it is essential to always look for additional techniques to keep your smile safe. Due to the importance of saliva production in your mouth, consider techniques to help promote the formation of saliva. One highly effective technique is chewing sugarless gum.

Chewing sugarless gum can be used for heartburn relief. If you are suffering from heartburn, or heartburn related issues, chewing sugarless gum may be able to help guard your smile. Heartburn refers to harmful acids traveling up your esophagus and into your mouth. Usually, these stomach acids are strong enough to chew through tooth enamel and can lead to numerous problems including cavities, tooth decay and, and can promote tooth loss. As a result, it is essential to always keep your mouth full of saliva to help rinse away harmful acids and neutralize the potential risk factors for heartburn.

One of the main advantages of chewing sugarless gum is to promote the development of saliva. It is within saliva that most oral ailments are found, as it can neutralize acids and bacteria in your mouth, and provide disease-fighting substances for your teeth and gums. In fact, chewing sugarless gum after meals has been shown to lower your risk of cavities.

If you would like an oral exam for your damaged smile with Dr. Mark L. Pitel and the rest of our team here at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC, please set an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Poughkeepsie, New York. We can be reached at 845-454-0790.