In a recent study, researchers have found some evidence against chewing sugar-free gum. The study found that it could help to reduce development of cavities in children and adults. It also acts as a preventive agent in comparison to non-chewing control methods such as supervising toothbrush programs and oral health education.
A lead author of the study, Banerjee, said that chewing sugar-free gum acts as a mechanical plaque controlling agent and stimulates saliva that acts as a natural barrier to protect teeth. He also added that sugar-free gum acts as an antibacterial ingredient, as it includes sorbitol and xylitol. No study prior to this has presented the relationship between preventing cavities and chewing sugar-free gum.
In the last 50 years, analysts have identified 12 outcomes that explored intervention and impact upon chewing sugar-free gum on oral health conditions. Over the past years, chewing sugar-free gum has been a possible supplement to prevent the strategies to stop the development of dental cavities among adults and children.
Banerjee also said that there is a significant amount of variability in the outcome of the published data. The trials included in the research study were mainly of moderate quality. He further added that there is a need to refresh and update the existing knowledge about chewing sugar-free gum and its effect on oral health and dental cavities. Analysts are planning further research to identify the feasibility and acceptability of using this method in public health.