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Did you know there are certain types of gum that can hurt your smile? Well, it’s true–especially gum that contains excessive amounts of sugar. On the other hand, other types of gum can actual improve your oral health. So be heedful of the kind of gum you place in your mouth. Our Logan Family Dental dental team encourages you to choose gum that:

Is sugarless: Sugar is a damaging substance for your teeth, particularly because it encourages tooth decay. So, if you choose sugarless gum, your odds of having cavities lessens. Also, chewing sugarless gum can aid you in creating saliva. The more saliva you create, the more the bacteria in your mouth will be neutralized and washed away.

Contains xylitol: Xylitol is an amazing substance that acts as a sweetener in sugarless gum. It inhibits the growth of Streptococcus mutans–bacteria that help create cavities. Xylitol can also avert bacteria from adhering to your teeth, which can also help stop tooth decay and the growth of plaque.

Has ADA approval: If the gum you chew has the support of the American Dental Association, then it means it passed tests that have been assessed for safety and efficacy. This seal can assure that you have the safest and most advantageous product on the store shelf.

If the gum you choose has these three characteristics, then you’re on the right track. For more information, please call our office at 740-380-1333 in Logan, Ohio and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to book an appointment with Dr. Barrie Suzanne Zweier if you have any concerns for your oral health. We look forward to serving you!