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Author: Dr. Tontra Lowe

When you look for your next toothpaste or mouthwash or toothbrush, do you ever look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval? If not, you may want to consider it.

The ADA Seal of Approval constitutes a positive evaluation for dental-related products’ safety and effectiveness. In other words, it’s the ADA’s assurance that a particular product is trustworthy for accomplishing the purpose for which it was designed.

Did you also know that you can also find the ADA’s seal on certain packs of sugar-free chewing gum?

Despite what you may have heard about the dangers of chewing gum, sugar-free gum can actually help your teeth because it can assist in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

The mechanical process of chewing increases saliva flow, which washes away food debris, neutralizes the acid on your teeth, and strengthens enamel. To get the most out of your gum, I recommend chewing for about 20 minutes after a meal.

But remember to choose gum whose packaging features the ADA Seal of Approval. Chewing gum brands that have earned this seal are all sugarless. And this is important, of course, because sugar promotes acid formation. In other words, chewing gum will work to negate acid, while sugar will enhance its attack on tooth enamel.

So, remember that chewing gum does not replace the need for brushing, flossing, and having your teeth cleaned regularly, but it can help you prevent cavities and gum disease.

Just one word of caution to all you enthusiastic gum-chewers: If you have a TMJ disorder, chewing gum can exacerbate your symptoms and aggravate the problem.

If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to call me at 571-261-2600 to schedule an appointment. I’ll look forward to seeing you!