A popular question among parents: Can my child chew gum? Dr. Emily Hahn, Pediatric Dentist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, confirms it’s absolutely fine and recommends choosing sugar-free gum containing Xylitol, a cavity-fighting ingredient found in toothpaste. Another benefit to chewing gum is that it stimulates saliva production which helps to prevent cavities. Excessive gum chewing can cause issues with the jaw, but if your child is chewing in moderation, maybe once or twice a day, it’s an easy tool that parents can use to fight cavities.
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