You get the reminder. You check your calendar. You begrudgingly rearrange your schedule and make an appointment. For weeks, the little dot on your calendar gets dangerously close to ruining your morning. We all hate making and keeping medical appointments. We hate the extra half hour of traffic, missed meetings, and skipped coffee runs just to have someone put their hands in our mouth.
The team Atlanta Dental Spa understands. ADS was founded on providing an experience as inconsistent with a traditional dental visit as possible. We feel you.
You have control over the amount of visits you are required to pay, however.
The frequency of recommended appointments mirrors the quality of your hygiene (referred to by our team as “home care”). The more effort you put into your own dental hygiene, the less appointments you will have to make. Luckily, there is a habit–one you’ve probably already formed–that can improve your oral hygiene outside of brushing, rinsing, and flossing at home: chewing gum.
We all know that sugary foods can cause cavities. Here’s how:
sugar + bacteria = acid
acid = demineralization
demineralization = decay
decay = cavities
Chewing gum after eating promotes saliva production, which neutralizes acid produced by a sugary-bacteria-y concoction. However, if your gum is sweetened, (who chews UNsweetened gum..?) the sugar in the gum reverses the effects of this mini-bacteria battle in your mouth. Back to square one.
The gum you’re chewing is made with xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring sweetener made from fruits and vegetables that is proven to fight decay. Chewing xylitol gum can help prevent extra dental visits by improving your home care, thus reducing your chances of a three, four, or six month visit recommendation.
Some other perks:
same sweetness, half the sugar
gets rid of halitosis (bad breath)
stops fermentation of oral bacteria
less effect on blood sugar than sucrose
promotes remineralization of teeth
glycemic index 7 (sugar: 83)
Whether you want to avoid those extra dental visits or just want to take better care of your oral health, check out the minty superpowers of xylitol gum. Spry, a popular brand is available at Atlanta Dental Spa and Whole Foods Market.