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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin August 2011
The Wrigley Science Institute: DISSECTING THE ORAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHEWING SUGARFREE GUM With the annual Dental Health Week taking place in August, oral health is high on the agenda, representing a timely opportunity to highlight the benefits of chewing sugarfree gum as part of a regular oral care routine. Recognised by the World Dental Federation (WDF) and locally by the Australian Dental Association (ADA),the prophylactic aspects of chewing sugarfree gum are well documented. The benefits of chewing sugarfree gum on oral health The Wrigley Science Institute ( WSI) is the first organisation of its kind committed to advancing and sharing scientific research that explores the benefits of chewing sugarfree gum. The WSI supports independent researchers at leading institutions across the globe with grants to conduct scientific testing that demonstrates the important role that sugarfree gum plays in improving oral health. The crown jewel discovery from this bank of credible research is the link between saliva and the oral benefits of sugarfree gum,with studies showing that sugarfree gum helps to stimulate saliva by 10 per cent. 1 See www.halas.com.au or call 1300 658 822 Spreading the ‘Eat, Drink, Chew’ message to patients Educating patients about the benefits of chewing sugarfree gum can enhance their dental care routine and is an important step in improving their oral health. Simply contact Henry Shein Halas today to receive a FREE display stand (limit one per practice) and literature pack with your first order. When ordering online, head to the “Early Intervention/Preventive Dentistry Specialty” section to choose from a variety of flavours: Spearmint, Peppermint, Sweetmint and Strawberry. When speaking with Henry Shein Halas, you can also nominate to receive FREE new product sampling mail outs from the EXTRA Oral Healthcare Program twice per year. In 2011 Wrigley is promoting the new calcium-releasing EXTRA Professional Calcium sugar free gum via free drops to participating surgeries. Saliva stimulation: the link between sugarfree gum and oral health Salivary stimulation by chewing gum Chewing sugarfree gum is a practicable and acceptable saliva stimuli and does not add any undue calories to the diet. When gum is chewed, the flow of saliva increases and the effect of stimulated saliva increases the concentration of bicarbonate entering the mouth. This raises the pH of the saliva and greatly increases its buffering power. 2 A greater volume and rate of flow of stimulated saliva subsequently results in an increased ability to clear sugars and acids from around the teeth. 2 Remineralisation and anti-caries effects Stimulated saliva, as a result of chewing sugarfree gum, has been found to be an effective medium for remineralising enamel crystals. Remineralisation doubles as a result of chewing gum, helping to enable better control of caries. 2 Studies have also shown that using sugarfree gum for six weeks results in an increase in plaque calcium, and a reduction in plaque index, compared with no gum. 2 1 DaviesC, Macpherson MD (1992) Effects of nine different chewing gums and lozenges on salivary flow rate and pH, Caries Research 26 (3): 176 – 182. 2 Edgar M. A review of the positive effects of chewing sugarfree gum on oral health. Article available at www.betteroralhealth.info
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