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Oral Health Topics

Chewing Gum

Key Points

  • Chewing gum in various forms has been around since ancient times. 
  • Sugarless chewing gum may, when added to a regular home oral care routine of twice daily brushing with fluoridated toothpaste and daily cleaning between teeth, contribute to reducing caries risk.  
  • Chewing gum increases salivary flow and volume by mechanical action and stimulation of oral taste receptors. 
  • To earn the ADA Seal of Acceptance, a company provides data about the safety and efficacy of the product to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs to evaluate; the product will receive the Seal if the Council finds the data demonstrates the product meets the predetermined, objective requirements.
  • Introduction
  • Oral Effects of Chewing Gum
  • Functional Chewing Gum
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance: Chewing Gum
  • References
  • ADA Resources
‚ÄčLast Updated: October 6, 2021

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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