Gum chewing is a common daily habit. When purchasing gum, be sure to look for “sugar-free” on the label. Sugar-free gum can wash away food particles, and neutralize saliva to prevent cavities and plaque. Some gums include a natural sweetener called Xylitol. Xylitol is safe for everyone, and dramatically reduces the risk for new tooth decay. Studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum after eating significantly reduces the incidence of cavities. You can visit adha.org to learn more about the benefits of sugar-free gum.