Dental caries happens across all ages, damaging the tooth crown if no treated timely. For long, dental care providers look for possibilities to intervene. Dentists have gained from combining preventive and pathological factors to arrest its progression. Further, finding a good preventative agent advances tailored approach to care.
Chewing to Complement Non-Chewing Control Methods for Caries
Researchers at King’s College London comprehensively reviewed the underlying literature on the effect of chewing sugar-free gum on oral care. They aimed at evaluating its role as a preventative agent. The study found a positive correlation with reversing or preventing tooth decay. Moreover, the researchers argued that it complemented non-chewing control methods, including mechanical. Further, they gleaned through various studies on dental caries and zeroed in on 12. These studies highlighted the interventional potential of chewing sugar-free gum in dental care. Particular focus of these were on reducing dental caries in children and adults.
Scope of Chewing Products Wide, Further Studies Needed
The data the body of literature published had marked variability in their role in dental care. Hence, the investigators chose to include studies with moderate variability. Over the past few years, researchers have seen chewing sugar-free gum to hold promise as a preventive strategy in caries. Chewing stimulates saliva. In addition, it sets in action mechanical plaque control method.
Interestingly, the researchers found the scope of chewing products wide. In the coming years, these sugar-free gum products may also carry antibacterial ingredients, notably xylitol and sorbitol. This will further advance the effectiveness of the strategy. Furthermore, the researchers intend to do more such studies to gain this preventive strategy acceptance in public health.