Todd P. Briscoe DDS | 7833 Saint Joe Center Rd | Fort Wayne | IN 46835

Vacation Quick Fix – Chewing Gum

April 3, 2017

 

DOES CHEWING GUM REPLACE BRUSHING??
Although consumers may be used to thinking about chewing gum as a kind of candy, this category of the ADA Seal recognizes chewing gum that has demonstrated scientifically that it can protect the teeth.  Gum chewing can be a quick fix when travelling or just short on time.  Dr. Briscoe and the team at Briscoe Dentistry say yes! But only occasionally.  Brushing and flossing are still the preferred methods for patient home care.

 

ORAL EFFECTS OF CHEWING GUM
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 (elastomers, resins and waxes in various proportions).
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.  “The recent study by Wessel et al.1 provides some preliminary insight about methods for evaluating the capacity of chewing gum to sequester bacteria from the oral cavity. The data presented suggest that the two evaluated chewing gums, both of which were described as being ‘commercially available spearmint gum’ with sorbitol, gum base and glycerin listed as the first three ingredients, trapped bacteria when chewed.”*

*Wessel SW, van der Mei HC, Morando D, et al. Quantification and qualification of bacteria trapped in chewed gum. PLoS One 2015;10(1):e0117191.

ADA SEAL OF ACCEPTANCE
A company earns the ADA Seal of Acceptance by producing scientific evidence that demonstrates the safety and efficacy of its product, which the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs carefully evaluates according to objective requirements.
SOURCE: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/science-in-the-news/chewing-gum-traps-bacteria

 

June 28, 2017

July Fourth!

When searching for ideas regarding July Fourth and Independence day for the United States, it was a little daunting.  However, Mr. Adlai Stevenson seemed to sum it up well: ” When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills,… Read More…

April 04, 2017

Spring Break Hours

Spring Break Week:  We will be closed Wednesday and Thursday (April 5 & 6) so that the Briscoe Dentistry Team can have some time off with their families.  Dr. Briscoe will be available in case of an emergency – just call the office! We hope you enjoy the week off with… Read More…

April 03, 2017

Vacation Quick Fix – Chewing Gum

  DOES CHEWING GUM REPLACE BRUSHING?? Although consumers may be used to thinking about chewing gum as a kind of candy, this category of the ADA Seal recognizes chewing gum that has demonstrated scientifically that it can protect the teeth.  Gum chewing can be a quick fix when travelling or… Read More…

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