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The natural saliva production of your mouth plays an important role in your basic oral function. This includes moistening the mouth while speaking or breathing as well as lubricating food while your chew.

After you have completed eating a meal or snack saliva also helps to loosen food particles to reduce their impact on bacterial plaque development. If you’ve had some dry mouth issues recently, you might find some benefit from periodically chewing a sugarless gum that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.

Most ADA approved brands are sweetened with substances like maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol. These are sugar alcohol compounds that are known to not promote bacterial growth. The ADA does not specifically approve brands of chewing gum that use a form of sugar as a sweetener.

It’s also worth noting that chewing sugarless gum is not a viable alternative for brushing twice each night or your daily efforts at flossing. It is merely a convenient way to help loosen stray food particles while also helping to moisten your mouth by stimulating saliva production.

If you are in the Aliso Viejo, California, area and you have a concern about some aspect of your oral hygiene practices, you can always call 949-831-3111 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Samuel Yee DDS and the team at Samuel Yee DDS INC.