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Whether you believe it or not, there is good and bad gum for your teeth, especially gum that contains high amounts of sugar. This is why it’s important to think about your smile every time you hand the package of gum to the checkout person at the store. It’s best to choose a type of gum that is good for your teeth. So, please choose gum that:

Is sugarless: Sugar is a harmful substance for your teeth, especially because it promotes tooth decay. So, if you chew sugarless gum, your chances of having cavities decrease. Also, chewing sugarless gum can help you produce saliva. And the more saliva you produce, the more the bacteria in your mouth will be neutralized and washed away.

Contains xylitol: Xylitol is a beneficial substance that acts as a sweetener in sugarless gum. It is mostly beneficial because it inhibits the growth of Streptococcus mutans, which are bacteria that promote and create cavities. Xylitol can also prevent bacteria from clinging to your teeth, which can also help prevent tooth decay as well as plaque growth.

Has ADA approval: The American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval is an important characteristic to look for in chewing gum. If the gum has this seal, it means it is safe for your smile.

If you use our tips and choose gum that has these characteristics, then you’ll be on the right track toward maintaining a top-notch smile and oral health. For more information about the best and healthiest chewing gum in Bellevue, Idaho, please call Snowy River Dental at 208-788-2006 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr.