Latest News: UK Study Finds Promising Results in Chewing Sugar-Free Gum

uk chewing gum dental studyThe United Kingdom (U.K.) has recently further added to the positive results already found regarding the act of chewing sugar-free gum and its effect on tooth decay. The researchers were able to find positive correlations between chewing sugar-free gum and the prevention of tooth decay.
 
What Did They Find?
 
The recent study included only 12-year old children in the U.K. Just some background information: The National Health Service in England backed this research in an attempt to find feasible ways of saving money. Knowing that children suffer particularly from high rates of tooth decay, it made a lot of sense to combat this growing issue, while also helping the nation save money.
 
The study found that the National Health Service in England could save up to 8.2 million pounds every year IF all 12-year old children across the entirety of England chewed sugar-free gum after eating and drinking. This is an interesting way to report results.
 
We aren’t exactly sure how these numbers were calculated and came about, but the one thing we do know are that these results serve as convincing evidence that chewing sugar-free gum most certainly plays at least a small role in the prevention of tooth decay.
 
Many studies have already shown the effectiveness of Xylitol (often found in gum) on the prevention of tooth decay, but this takes it a step further claiming sugar-free gum aids & not just gum containing Xylitol.
 
So… Should I Start Chewing Sugar-Free Gum Now?
 
According to these results, yes we do feel inclined to recommend chewing sugar-free gum after meals as another tool to aid in preventing tooth decay. The reason this makes sense are because when you chew gum, you stimulate saliva production in the mouth and saliva is one of the best ways to combat all of the bacteria floating around ready to eat away at our enamel (especially when we consume sugars).
 
However, we want to stress that you should not view chewing sugar-free gum as a replacement to brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis. Brushing and flossing should be considered the most important prevention tools against tooth decay. Chewing sugar-free gum should be viewed as a supplemental tool, much like mouthwash or mouth rinses are.
 
We also want to encourage you to only purchase sugar-free gum that contains the ADA seal of approval. This ensures that the gum is compliant with the standards set out by the American Dental Association (ADA).
 

Beating Bad Breath – Home Remedies

bad breath home remediesBad breath can make such a huge difference at times – whether you’re in the middle of a date, trying to impress during a job interview, or out with friends, bad breath is never wanted and will often leave negative first impressions… mainly because our sense of smell has an ability to leave a lasting impact on us.
 
With that said, we wanted to direct your attention to some fundamental changes you could perform at home as a way to prevent the issue from re-occurring. Most often, you may experience a case of intermittent bad breath from certain foods such as spices, garlic, and raw onions. The only suggestion we have there is to be careful of what you eat before going to important events. Otherwise, refer to our helpful guide below.
 
Home Remedies to Improve Bad Breath
 
Diet
 
Briefly touched upon above, our diet and the foods and drinks we consume play an integral role in managing bad breath. This is because both the acids created in our stomach and the decay resulting from rotten tooth enamel will both contribute greatly to bad breath. Make sure you are eating lean meats, whole grains, nuts, fruits (don’t overdo it on fruits as they contain a lot of sugar), as well many vegetables. If your diet consists of a majority of these items then you will benefit in many weighs beyond just preventing bad breath.
 
Hydration
 
Believe it or not, sometimes people who constantly experience bad breath are simply dehydrated all of the time without realizing. It may sound crazy, but the society we live in is very fast paced and some of us get caught in it living very busy lives and forgetting basic human necessities such as drinking water often. If you notice bad breath re-occurring, try drinking more water every day.
 
We Aren’t Chewing Enough
 
How much we chew our food will determine how much work our stomach will have to perform in breaking it down. The more it’s chewed, the less work performed. When our stomachs are forced to break down large solid pieces of food, this will create more gas that must escape one way or another. This would inevitably cause bad breath as a result.
 
Making Better Use of Brushing & Flossing
 
Brushing and flossing are of very great importance in maintaining oral hygiene. Periodontal disease and tooth decay could cause bad breath as a symptom. If you notice bad breath, but also realize you haven’t really been brushing or flossing – then we strongly urge you to develop a consistent routine. You will be benefits in many ways and your mouth will thank you.
 
Make Sure to Monitor The Issue
 
Please keep in mind that bad breath that does not improve at all in over 24 hours should receive professional attention. Bad breath could point to something more serious. By monitoring the issue, you’ll see if any improvement is being made or that maybe it’s time to see a professional.