A study was published in the 'Journal of Dental Research' which was done by the researchers at King's College London. They found out that sugar-free gum can help in reducing cavities in adults as well as children.
The study also found out that chewing gums can be used as a preventive measure for cavities just like the usual preventive methods like brushing.
The study involved studying the impact of chewing gums on oral health conditions. It was found to be reducing the cavities giving it a preventative factor of 28%.
The Lead author Avijit Banerjee, Professor of Cariology and Operative Dentistry at King's College London explained:
"There is a considerable degree of variability in the effect from the published data and the trials included were generally of moderate quality,"
"However, we felt there was a definite need to update and refresh existing knowledge about sugar-free gum and its effect on dental caries and oral health. We are planning further research to determine the acceptability and feasibility of using this method in public health,"
"Both the stimulation of saliva which can act as a natural barrier to protect teeth, and the mechanical plaque control that results from the act of chewing, can contribute to the prevention of dental caries,"
"Sugar-free gum can also act as a carrier for antibacterial ingredients including xylitol and sorbitol. No recent conclusive evidence existed prior to this review that showed the relationship between slowing the development of caries and chewing sugar-free gum."
Some of the people among us have the habit of chewing gums. So why not get the best out of it? Next time choose a sugar-less option and improve your dental health.
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