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Oral Health Topics

Chewing Gum

Key Points

  • Chewing gum in various forms has been around since ancient times when it was derived from tree saps; today, the base used for most gum products is a blend of synthetic materials.
  • Chewing gum with sugar may increase caries risk, whereas sugar-free chewing gum is non-cariogenic.
  • The physical act of chewing increases salivary flow in the mouth; if chewed after eating, the increased salivary flow can help neutralize and wash away the acids that are produced when food is broken down by the bacteria in plaque on teeth.
  • Chewing gum earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance with evidence that demonstrated its meeting objective requirements for safety and efficacy, as evaluated by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs.
  • Introduction
  • Oral Effects of Chewing Gum
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance: Chewing Gum
  • References
  • ADA Resources
Prepared by: Department of Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
‚ÄčLast Updated: July 12, 2019

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