By: Anonna Dutt, www.hindustantimes.com
Want to prevent cavities and tooth decay? Chew gum for 20 minutes every day. Make sure it’s sugar-free though.
A 25-country study published in the American Journal of Dentistry shows that increasing the consumption of sugar-free gum by just one-piece a day as part of the oral hygiene routine can reduce the global expenditure on treating tooth decays by $4.1 billion a year.
“The study represents a solid and substantial approach to the accurate calculation of cost savings in industrial countries that would arise from increasing sugar-free gum consumption,” said professor Reinhard Rychlik, the study’s lead author.
“Chewing sugar-free gum as a preventive measure for tooth decay has the potential to deliver significant dental care cost savings worldwide,” he added.
Although tooth decay is largely preventable, it still affects 60-90% school children globally. It is the fourth most expensive health condition to treat, and buying a pack of gum is much cheaper.
Don’t miss the floss and tongue-cleaner. “Brushing the teeth leaves out around 30 – 40% of the teeth surfaces, there can be a thin layer of food between the teeth. Also, cleaning the tongue is important because that’s where bacteria can grow and also cause bad breath,” said Dr Verma.
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