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Chewing gum to aid dental health?
Updated: 8/24/2009 5:00:13 PM

Chewing gum to aid dental health? There might already be mints on the market that help dental care and another beloved treat aims to change its repuataion to be good rather than bad for kids' teeth.

According to The News Star, one dentist thinks that chewing gum, sugar-free of course, will help kids better attend to their dental health and prevent tooth decay.

Dr Matt Turpin who practices family dentistry in West Monroe, Louisiana, suggests to his young patients that chewing sugarless gum between meals can help stimulate saliva production which can fight cavity-causing bacteria.

In addition, mint-flavored gum can freshen breath and chewing this means that kids are not snacking on sugary foods between meals.

"Research shows that chewing sugarless gum soon after a meal will help restore the normal pH of the mouth and thereby decrease cavity formation," Turpin explained to the news provider.

However, the American Dental Association still advises that everyone, particularly young children brush and floss twice each day.

To encourage kids to look after their smile, the ADA website features a cartoon character, Dudley the Dinosaur, in several games and interactive puzzles.

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