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Does Chewing Gum Really Prevent Cavities? Fort Mill, SC
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Does chewing gum really fight cavities? The short answer is Yes, but there are important things to know before you begin popping countless pieces in your mouth.

Many studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after you finish eating can help to prevent tooth decay. Did you catch a caveat in that sentence? Sugarless gum must be chewed. Don’t go reaching for Hubba Bubba or Juicy Fruit, as those are full of sugars. Chewing sugarless gum is meant to increase the flow of saliva and wash away sugars from the mouth.

After eating, your mouth is left with tiny particles of foods that get stuck between the teeth and inside the deeper grooves of the back teeth. When these particles remain in the mouth, bacteria begin to attack them. These bacteria produce acid that is very damaging to the teeth and will cause cavities if not removed on a regular basis. Chewing sugarless gum helps to produce extra saliva so that these tiny particles of food can be washed away instead of hanging out on the teeth until you are able to brush them.

It is essential that you chew sugarless gum. Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal because these gums are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, sorbitol, mannitol, or xylitol. It is also essential that you do not chew gum constantly throughout the day. The constant chewing motion and stress on the jaw joint can cause discomfort or even TMJ.

At Gold Hill Dentistry, we are here to help you achieve optimal oral health any way we can. We can recommend a sugarless chewing gum for you in you are a gum chewer, or we can help find other methods of cavity prevention. Contact us today!

Posted on behalf of Gold Hill Dentistry

2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466

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Gold Hill Dentistry

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Based on 97 reviews

Marsha Rose

The staff at Gold Hill Dentistry is wonderful. They are polite, professional and helpful I have a history of working as both a dental assistant and hygienist in another state. I’m extremely particular when it comes to my dental care. My daughter recommended Gold Hill. I am very pleased with my dental care. I highly recommend the practice.

Don Rowley

The entire staff at Gold Hill Family Dentistry are professional, friendly, and very good at what they do. I’ve made numerous recommendations to family and friends. Very happy with the dental work they do. Scheduling, insurance processing, and follow up are always first class. Dr Kavi is the man.

Angelique Autumn McGowan

I highly recommend this dental practice. The staff are gracious, helpful, courteous and accommodating. Dr. Sagunarthy is a wonderful dentist. This is from someone who has always suffered with dental and gum issues. He is current on dental information, kind, gentle and professional! I am so happy to have found this practice!

Richard DeCristo

Dr. Sagunarthy is one of if not the best dentist I ever went to. He recently replaced a crown that was botched by another dentist and the procedure was done perfectly and painlessly. I first went to Gold Hill Dentistry for a second opinion on four crowns and maybe a root canal I needed asap from another dentist in Fort Mill. As it turned out I needed the crown replacement and only one other at a later date. That’s about $6000.00 I saved leaving this OTHER FORT MILL DENTIST. In addition to this wonderful dentist, the total staff is outstanding.

Chrissy Jaselskis

Awesome dentist. Everyone was nice and professional. Very thorough job cleaning my teeth. Lots of great conversations. Staff made an uncomfortable place for me very comfortable. Thank you.

Thomas Dorsett

Very professional and caring staff. Highly recommend the service, they take personal care with all patience. I have experienced some of the best Hygienist.

Bill Strickland

Great staff. Very knowledgeable and friendly. Would heartily recommend as they have been taking care of my family for years.

Midge Zimmerman

I have dental anxiety. I dreaded locating a dentist after recently moving to the area. I had gone to another dentist in the area but quickly changed to Gold Hill Denistry. Dr. Sagarnathy and staff are always kind, gentle and concerned with my well being. They also do a really good dental work. Other than routine work, I have had an implant, and chipped tooth repaired, all are doing well.

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2848 Pleasant Road, #104
Fort Mill, SC 29708

Phone: (803) 547-4466