Some Sugar-Free Gum Has Oral Health Benefits

Dentists apparently agree. Chewing sugar-free gum can be good for you.

The American Dental Association says it has awarded its seal of
acceptance to Wrigley sugar-free gums Orbit, Extra and Eclipse.

The decision was made based on studies funded at least partially by the maker of Wrigley gums.

The ADA says its independent review of the studies confirms
those three gums have been shown to help prevent cavities, reduce
plaque acid and strengthen teeth.

It says studies submitted by Wrigley found that chewing those gum products for 20 minutes three times a day after meals increases saliva production. Saliva helps neutralize and wash away plaque acid and bathes the teeth in minerals such as calcium, phosphate and fluoride.

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