Dry mouth is the result of insufficient salivary flow, which can be caused by a variety of factors, including certain medications. Chewing sugarfree gum increases the production of saliva, thereby helping to reduce the feeling of dry mouth.
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2. Chewing gum and a saliva substitute alleviate thirst and xerostomia in patients on haemodialysis.
Bots CP, Brand HS, Veerman EC, Korevaar JC, Valentijn-Benz M, Bezemer PD, Valentijn RM, Vos PF, Bijlsma JA, ter Wee PM, Van Amerongen BM, Nieuw Amerongen AV. Nephrol Dial Trans. 2005; 20(3): 578-84. View abstract
3. The management of xerostomia in patients on haemodialysis: comparison of artificial saliva and chewing gum.
Bots CP, Brand HS, Veerman EC, Valentijn-Benz M, Van Amerongen BM, Nieuw Amerongen AV, Valentijn RM, Vos PF, Bijlsma JA, Benzemer PD, ter Wee PM. Palliat Med. 2005; 19(3): 202-7. View abstract
4. Saliva and Oral Health 3rd Edition.
Edgar WM, O’Mullane DM, Dawes C. 2004. View summary
5. Salivary flow rate and pH during prolonged gum chewing in humans.
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6. A comparison of artificial saliva and chewing gum in the management of xerostomia in patients with advanced cancer.
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Dawes C, Dong C. Arch Oral Biol. 1995; 40(8): 699-705. View abstract
8. The effects of chewing-gum stick size and duration of chewing on salivary flow rate and sucrose and bicarbonate concentrations.
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Dawes C, Macpherson LM. Caries Res. 1992; 26(3): 176-182. View abstract
10. Chewing gum as aid from treatment of hyposalivation.
Odusola F. NYSDJ. 1991; 57(4): 28-31. View abstract
11. The effect of chewing sorbitol-sweetened gum on salivary flow and cemental plaque pH from subjects with low salivary flow.
Abelson DC, Barton S, Mandel ID. J Clin Dent. 1990; II(1): 3-5. View abstract
12. The effect of daily gum chewing on salivary flow rates in man.
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WOHP has supported independent clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum for more than 25 years.
Global health economic data suggests that increasing sugar-free gum consumption could reduce global dental expenditures from treating tooth decay by US$4.1 billion a year. Download Infographic (PDF) and Economic Benefits Study (PDF)
Federal guidelines in the name of the German government recommend that people chew sugar-free gum after meals every day.