Creating Healthy Habits
We all know sugar-free chewing gum tastes great and freshens our breath, but did you also know that it is good for your teeth? That’s why, we’re reaching out to consumers around the world through our Oral Care brands — Extra®, Freedent® and Orbit®.
We have been researching the oral care benefits of chewing sugar-free gum since the 1930s. Fast-forward to today, and our dedicated science and technology team continues to conduct research into the oral-care benefits of chewing.
We also partner with national dental associations and dental professionals worldwide to support this research, promote oral health education and support better access to oral care.
How Gum Can Make a Difference**
Chewing sugar-free gum can help protect teeth in a number of ways:
**Edgar WM, Dawes C, O’Mullane D. (Fourth Edition; Stephen Hancocks Limited, 2012, Duns Tew OX25 6JH)
Chewing sugar-free gum increases the production of saliva, which can help neutralize plaque acid, wash away food debris and remineralize tooth enamel to help strengthen teeth. In fact, chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after meals and snacks has been proven to help protect your teeth.
Jensen ME. "Responses of interproximal plaque pH to snack foods and effect of chewing sorbitol-containing gum" JADA, Vol. 113; 1986; 262-266.
Research and Endorsements
Today, the oral care benefits of chewing sugar-free gum are widely accepted and endorsed.
- Effect of after-meal sugar-free gum chewing on clinical caries
Szóke J, Proskin HM, Banoczy J. J Dent Res. 2001; 80(8): 1725-729.
- The impact of polyol-containing chewing gums on dental caries: A systematic review of original randomized controlled trials and observational studies
Deshpande A, Jadad AR. J Amer Dent Assoc. 2008; 139(12): 1602-614.
- Sugar-free chewing gum and dental caries: A systematic review
Mickenautsch S, Leal SC, Yengopal V, et al. J Appl Oral Sci. 2007; 15(2): 83-88.
- The effect of saliva on dental caries
Stookey, GK., J Am Dent Assn 139;11S-17S, 2008.
- Saliva and Oral Health: An Essential Overview for the Health Professional
Edgar WM, Dawes C, O’Mullane D. (Fourth Edition; Stephen Hancocks Limited, 2012, Duns Tew OX25 6JH)
Orbit® and Extra® were the first chewing gums in the U.S. to receive the ADA Acceptance
The FDI World Dental Federation has recognized that chewing sugar-free gum is proven to benefit dental health
The European Commission has approved oral health claims for chewing sugar-free gum
More than 25 National Dental Associations have recognized the scientific evidence
Wrigley has a tremendous opportunity to use our oral care science and research as catalysts for change – by creating healthy habits and giving people the confidence of a happy, healthy smile.
American Dental Association
Seal of Acceptance
Wrigley’s Orbit® and Extra® sugar-free chewing gums were the first chewing gums to be awarded the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs acceptance of Orbit and Extra is based on its findings that the physical action of chewing Orbit or Extra sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating stimulates saliva flow, which helps to prevent cavities by reducing plaque acids and strengthening teeth.
Orbit and Extra are registered trademarks of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company