Sweet Tooth

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Brentwood dentist Nancy Schort shares the sticky truth about the effect of sugary sweets on our teeth. One of the biggest culprits is chewing gum. But are there benefits as well? While chewing gum CAN cause jaw-alignment problems and worsen TMJ symptoms, in moderation it can be beneficial--especially when it's sugar-free! Chewing gum produces saliva, a natural buffer that helps break down the sugars and glucose that cause tooth decay. Saliva also contains natural preventatives like calcium and phosphates that re-mineralize teeth.

Music Break -- Eccitamanto - Gianni Mazza