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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin October 2011
The Wrigley Science Institute: Chewing Sugarfree gum helpS to relieve XeroStomia and dental CarieS Chewing sugarfree gum aids xerostomia suffers Xerostomia is a common complaint that may be caused by several conditions, which involve side effects of various drugs, including antidepressants, therapeutic radiation to the head and neck, dehydration, diabetes and diseases involving salivary glands, such as Sjögren’s syndrome. 1 Salivary stimulants, such as sugarless candies or chewing gum, or certain pharmacologic agents, may be used to stimulate saliva1 – helping to relieve xerostomia. Clinical studies available via the Wrigley Science Institute ( WSI) indicate that the initial stimulated salivary flow rate for those who suffer from xerostomia, while chewing sugarfree gum, is seven times greater than the unstimulated flow rate, 2 providing patients with a more palatable and comfortable mouth. Simple anti-caries protection Stimulated saliva, from chewing gum, contains more calcium and phosphate and is saturated using bicarbonate buffers and ions, making it even more effective at remineralising the enamel crystals damaged by initial caries attacks.3 ,4 It’s recommended to chew sugarfree gum within five minutes after food ingestion and to continue for at least 15 minutes to obtain the maximum benefits.5 Dental caries is a common oral health issue many patients experience, including xerostomia suffers. Individuals with xerostomia can suffer from rampant dental caries requiring extraction of all teeth. 1 www.halas.com.au or call 1300 658 822 Contact Henry Shein Halas today to receive a FREE display stand (limit one per practice) and patient literature pack with your first purchase Choose from a variety of flavours: EXTRA Professional Calcium, Spearmint, Peppermint, Sweetmint and Strawberry. You can also opt-in to receive complimentary new product briefing kits mailed direct to your surgery throughout the year. 1 Greenspan D. Xerostomia: Diagnosis and Management. Oncology. Vol 10, No. 3, March 1, 1996. 2 Data on file: A clinical overview of sugarfree gum in oral health. Wrigley Science Institute (WSI): Maiwald HJ, Bánóczy J, Tietze W, Toth Z, Vegh A. Die Beeinflussung des Plaque-pH durch zuckerhaltigen und zuckerfreien Kaugummi. Zahn- Mund- Kieferheilk- de 1982;70:598–604 3 Data on file: A clinical overview of sugarfree gum in oral health. (WSI): Leach SA, Lee GTR, Edgar WM (1989) Remineralisation of artificial caries-like lesions in human enamel in situ by chewing sorbitol gum. J Dent Res 68: 1064-8 4 Data on file: A clinical overview of sugarfree gum in oral health. (WSI): Michael Edgar, DDSc, PhD, FDS, RCS (Eng):Pg. 5 5 Data on file: A clinical overview of sugarfree gum in oral health. (WSI): Park KK, Schemehorn BR, Stookey GK (1993): Effect of Time and Duration of Sorbitol Gum Chewing on Plaque Acidogenicity, Pediatric Dentistry 15(3): 197-202 The WSI is the first organisation of its kind, committed to advancing and sharing more than 30 years of independent scientific research about the oral health 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.
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