A recent study has revealed that chewing sugar-free gum can prevent teeth from rotting in adults and children.
The study from King’s College London by researchers, including one of Indian-origin was published in the Journal of Dental Research.
Chewing sugar-free gum can be used as a viable preventative agent and reduce the advancement of dental caries (decay and crumbling of a tooth or bone), reveals the study.
Indian-origin researcher and study lead author Avijit Banerjee, Professor at King’s College London in UK, said, “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, which can act as a carrier for antibacterial ingredients, was found to reduce caries increment.
Banerjee further added that no recent conclusive evidence existed prior to this review that showed the relationship between slowing the development of caries and chewing sugar-free gum.
Analysis of studies published over the last 50 years was included in the research.
Banerjee told that there’s a considerable degree of variability in 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,” Banerjee added.