3 Rules For Choosing Chewing Gum


3 Rules. Healthy Living Magazine

3 Rules. Healthy Living Magazine

Avoid artificial sweeteners such as acesulfame and aspartame as well as dextrose, corn syrup, artificial flavors and artificial colors.

A trial was conducted in Japan on 55 20-year-old military men randomly assigned to chew xylitol gum or not when being sent on 4 days of heavy duty field training where the brushing and flossing civilians perform regularly don’t necessarily factor into daily life.

The participants were rated for visual and actual bacterial levels in the mouth 4 days later. Dryness, malodor and discomfort increased in the control group. The xylitol gum group, despite not having regular oral care, experienced less visual damage. Among the control group, total bacteria increased “while no significant change was observed in the test group.”

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A second trial conducted on 186 non-gum chewers gave xylitol gum 2x daily for 15 min or no gum. The gum-chewing group “demonstrated significant improvement” with less plaque and gingivitis.

Xylitol gum increased “self-perceived” oral health in both studies.

3 Rules

Xylitol is a five-carbon sugar obtained from the birch tree and known for reducing cavities. It is used as a sweetener by diabetics and for dental hygiene. Here’s what Lon Jones, DO, author of No More Allergies, Asthma or Sinus Infections, says to look for when choosing xylitol-containing gum:

• Xylitol should be listed before other sweeteners

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• Avoid artificial sweeteners such as acesulfame and aspartame as well as dextrose, corn syrup, artificial flavors and artificial colors.

• Choose ingredients such as cinnamon oil, vegetable glycerin, gum Arabic, soy lecithin and beeswax.

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ReferencesAl-Haboubi M, Zoitopoulos L, Beighton D, Gallagher JE. The potential benefits of sugar-free chewing gum on the oral health and quality of life of older people living in the community: a randomized controlled trial. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2012 Oct;40(5):415-424. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0528.2012.00685.x. E-pub 2012 Apr 26. Hashiba T, Takeuchi K, Shimazaki Y, Takeshita T, Yamashita Y. Chewing xylitol gum improves self-rated and objective indicators of oral health status under conditions interrupting regular oral hygiene. Tohoku J Exp Med. 2015;235(1):39-46. doi: 10.1620/tjem.235.39.
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