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Residual food particles trapped in your mouth after eating a meal can provide a dangerous medium for the natural bacteria living in your mouth. This can bolster plaque development and the buildup of plaque acids. While brushing and flossing your teeth will certainly remove food particles from your mouth, it might not prove convenient in the course of your day. Our team here at our dental offices in Newport News, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA, want to give you the best information on how to remove these annoying particles.

One way to help dislodge food particles from your teeth is to chew a sugarless gum that has earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. These gum brands are all sweetened by substances like maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol. These are sugar alcohol compounds that are known to not promote bacterial growth.

It’s important to note that chewing these gums should not be seen as a replacing for brushing and flossing. They are simply a convenient way to help loosen stray food particles while also helping to moisten your mouth by stimulating saliva production.

You can then continue brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day to help prevent cavities and periodontal health problems. If you are in the Newport News, VA, and Hampton Roads, VA areas and you have a concern about some element of your daily oral hygiene routine, you can always call 757-874-5511 to set up a dental exam at Morrison Dental Group.