You know that what you eat affects your dental and overall health. If you eat something acidic, your mouth’s pH balance will be off. If you eat strong foods (such as onions or garlic) then your breath may tell the tale of that meal for many days to come, in the form of halitosis (bad breath). You probably don’t have a toothbrush handy after every meal you eat. The Corona dentists at Dental Associates of Corona will offer you some great advice about using sugarless gum to help cover up bad breath and keep teeth cleaner and healthy.

The Importance of Saliva

You are in constant danger of developing cavities and periodontal disease. Your mouth actually has a few incredible defense mechanisms built in, luckily. Your tooth enamel, for instance, is the hardest substance your body produces. Enamel is transparent, but protects the internal structure of your teeth from bacterial infection and acid attacks. Saliva moistens your mouth and breaks down food for easier digestion. Salivary output also washes away food particles and helps to neutralize oral acidity. When your salivary glands are stimulated by mastication (i.e. chewing) the pH balance inside your mouth is evened out further. Stimulated salivary production also provides additional phosphate, calcium, and fluoride on the surfaces of your teeth. If you find brushing your teeth is not possible for you after every meal, simply chewing on a piece of sugarless gum with Xylitol may be all it takes to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Protection is Key

Treating oral health issues such as cavities and gum disease becomes more difficult the further the infections progress. Much like any other health issues, prevention is the best defense against the damages of periodontal infection and tooth decay. Chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol can help you negate some of the risk factors of developing oral infections. However, chewing on a stick of gum should only be a supplement to your oral hygiene. Gum chewing is not a replacement for a disciplined dental self-care regimen.

Visit your Corona Dentists

You should continue to brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your Corona dentist at least once every six months for a thorough dental examination. To schedule a consultation, call Dental Associates of Corona today at 951-273-9580.