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Do you brush your teeth twice every day for two minutes at a time? Do you floss every day and schedule regular appointments with our dentist every six months? If so, good for you, but do you ever wonder if there are any other steps you should consider taking? For instance, would you be surprised to hear that chewing gum might also help you keep your teeth healthy?

There are actually several benefits to chewing gum. Chewing can actually promote saliva flow, which will carry plaque and bacteria away from your pearly whites. Some types of gum–specifically gum with xylitol–can actually negate the bad bacteria that could lead to a number of issues. It’s also important that you choose gum that doesn’t have sugar in it. If you chew gum with sugar, you could promote the growth of bad bacteria that might cause cavities and tooth decay.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the care you can receive from our team, or if you would like to learn more about choosing the best gum in Little Rock, Arkansas, please don’t hesitate to give Jolly Family Dentistry a call at 501.228.6360. Our dentist, Dr. Rebecca Barfield and our team will be happy to address any of your concerns and offer you specific advice. We’re excited to receive your call!