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As the winter festivities begin to wrap us up in their festive embraces, it’s important to look for additional ways to enjoy this time of year without wreaking havoc on our teeth and gums. Many treats and sweets are chocked full of sugars and chewy bits that can easily get lodged in teeth. A healthier alternative treat is sugarless gum.

Studies have shown that sugarless gum, after chewing for 20 minutes, can fight against cavities. The saliva produced from chewing can break down bad bacteria and flush away harmful food residue.

Sugarless gum is not to be used in place of brushing or flossing. Proper oral health care habits such as daily brushing and flossing in combination with sugarless gum are far more beneficial than just sugarless gum alone.

The acids in your esophagus and stomach can damage your teeth. Studies have shown that sugarless gum can help prevent heartburn. If choosing a sugarless gum, always look for the one that has been awarded the ADA seal of Acceptance.

Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry wants to make sure your oral health care needs are taken care of. If you would like to set up an appointment for a professional exam with Dr. Denver Palmer, please contact us at (505) 327.0044 at our office in Farmington, New Mexico, to speak with a member of our team. Save your teeth to ensure a brighter whiter tomorrow!