Sugar-Free Chewing Gum Research Paper

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The Effects of Sugar-Free Chewing Gum on the pH in the mouth after a meal Introduction Sugar-free chewing gums are healthy alternative gums, as it gives healthy effects on the salivary flow rate and acids that surrounds the mouth after meals rather than gums that contain “unhealthy” sucrose. The sweetener that is used commonly in sugar-free chewing gum is Xylitol. It has been an essential healthy substitute that is also safe to use for children. “1In fact Xylitol has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration since the 1960’s” (Shikhar Kumar, 2013). It can help to maintain the pH, decrease plaque in the mouth and can reduce oral microorganism. The correct pH in our mouth is important to keep our teeth healthy. The resting pH is around 6.5-6.9 which is slightly acidic. When we eat and drink the pH will go down causing our teeth to dissolve. In order to avoid this, we can use sugar-free gums which are excellent in pH neutralization. In this essay I will discuss 2sugar-free chewing gum’s effects on the pH in the mouth after meals (Web, 2016) and also its…show more content…
They contain 5artificial sugars such as Aspartame, Sorbitol and Mannitol (Association, 2016). These artificial sugar flavorings cause tooth decay and reduce the pH in the saliva which will make the saliva acidic while sugar-free chewing gums do not cause tooth decay. They also help recover the dryness and prevent bad breath that is often caused by reduced saliva flow. These two types of chewing gums have similar benefits to our health because they both produce more saliva in the mouth (natural defense to acidity in our mouth) which prevents bad breath, dryness but ultimately sugar-free chewing gum is healthier as it doesn’t cause tooth decay and decrease pH in the

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