Investigation: Sugar-free chewing gums best protect against tooth decay

Investigation: Sugar-free chewing gums best protect against tooth decay

Chewing sugar-free chewing gum significantly reduces the risk of tooth decay
It should come as no surprise to most people that sugar damages our teeth. Sugar is found in many dishes and unfortunately we don't always have the time to brush our teeth immediately after each meal. But there is another way to reduce the risk of tooth decay and protect our teeth. Chewing sugar-free chewing gum after eating significantly reduces the development of tooth decay.

Most foods and drinks contain sugar that damages our teeth. We should actually brush our teeth after every meal. However, we often have no way of cleaning our teeth immediately after eating. British scientists from the "Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry" found in a recent study that sugar-free gum after eating can significantly reduce our risk of tooth decay. The researchers published the results of their investigation in the British Dental Journal.

Many 12 year olds have serious problems with their permanent teeth
Sugar-free chewing gum could help save tens of millions of dollars in dentist costs and improve the health of our teeth, the British doctors say. In Britain, three chewing gums could save around £ 8.2 million a year in children's dental care every day, the experts explain. This corresponds to approximately 364,000 dental examinations. The British government released data last year that clearly showed that around 35 percent of 12-year-olds refuse to laugh or show their teeth when they smile because of their bad teeth, the scientists say. Sugar-free chewing gum can be extremely effective in reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Brushing your teeth twice a day is still the best way
The results of the current study are very interesting because they reveal a new and simple way that can help people improve dental health, the British researchers explain. The amount of money that can be saved by sugar-free chewing gum relates only to reducing the cost of treating 12 year olds in the UK, the experts explain. If the new model were applied to the entire population, it could result in significantly more savings. However, brushing teeth twice for two minutes a day still remains the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy, the doctors say. However, if children are over seven years of age, chewing sugar-free chewing gum during the day could help break down harmful plaque acids, thereby reducing the risk of deterioration, the scientists add.

Consultations on preventive dental health should consider sugar-free chewing gum
The benefits of chewing sugarless chewing gum have been officially recognized by the World Dental Federation and the British Dental Health Foundation. A major study for children (The Dental Health Survey) found in 2013 that around 35 percent of 12-year-olds in the UK had problems with their teeth permanently decaying, the researchers say. In the UK, official sources have rarely mentioned that sugar-free chewing gum can help protect teeth, explains one of the experts at Plymouth University. However, the new findings suggest that the potential benefits of sugar-free chewing gum should be considered in counseling on preventive dental health. Dental treatments incur huge costs every year, which is why the British researchers emphasize that new solutions such as sugar-free chewing gum should be considered. These can help combat the completely preventable risk of tooth decay, the researchers say. (As)

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