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The Hidden Powers of Gum

Research shows that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. That's because the act of chewing increases the flow of saliva in your mouth, which helps neutralize and wash away cavity-causing acids and bacteria. Over time, acids can wear away tooth enamel, creating ideal conditions for decay. Look for chewing gum with the ADA Seal to be sure it can help prevent cavities.