Dr Tariq Drabu Discusses the Dental Benefits of Sugarfree Gum

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Dr Tariq Drabu said, “There has been wide support for sugarfree gum from the dental and scientific community as an adjunct to regular oral hygiene.”

Dr Tariq Drabu

Dr Tariq Drabu

In addition to a regular routine of brushing teeth twice a day, flossing teeth and gums, and using a good quality mouthwash, the use of sugar free gum plays a role in keeping your mouth healthy.

Dr Tariq Drabu is a renowned dentist. He is owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice in Middleton, Manchester. He is a respected name in British dentistry and is currently the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and treatment Services for NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. As well as running his busy family dental practice, he teaches dental students at postgraduate level in dentistry.

Dr Tariq Drabu was speaking recently in reference to an article published by the Denistry website. The article can be read in full here. It discusses the oral health benefits if sugarfree gum when used daily, in addition to regular oral hygiene like brushing twice a day, flossing and using mouthwash.

Dr Tariq Drabu shared his views on the article, saying, “There has been a great deal of scientific research done on the effects of sugarfree gum on oral health. Within these research studies there is a lot of support from the dental community and from scientists. They agree that sugarfree gum does have benefits when used as an adjunct with good daily oral hygiene practice. Studies have shown that using sugar free gum after eating or drinking increases saliva production. The increased levels of saliva in the mouth while chewing gum, has shown to help neutralise the acids present in plaque. The higher levels of saliva also help to clear away debris and sugars remaining in the mouth. Chewing gum has also been shown to address problems of oral dryness and to strengthen tooth enamel.”

Dr Tariq Drabu continued by saying, “In addition to a regular routine of brushing teeth twice a day, flossing teeth and gums, and using a good quality mouthwash, the use of sugarfree gum plays a role in keeping your mouth healthy. During the day, when we are busy at work, studying or commuting, there is little time to brush our teeth so the use of gum will help slow down the build-up of food debris and plaque acids in the mouth. Clinical trials have also shown that gum chewing can reduce the development of tooth decay and cavities as well as keep our teeth and jaws strong and flexible.”

Dr Tariq Drabu closed by saying, “I was particularly pleased to see the report supporting sugarfree gum. There is little doubt within the dental community that it is beneficial when included with a healthy, daily oral health practice. I am also aware that scientific research and clinical trials have shown that it has helped to reduce incidences of tooth decay in older children and young adults. The studies recommended use of sugar free gum, is to chew it daily for around twenty minutes at a time, especially after meals, snacks, and drinks. The action of chewing and the production of extra saliva actively helps rinse off the debris, acids and sugars. It is the best way to keep our teeth clean until we brush them before going to bed at night.”

About Dr Tariq Drabu
Dr Tariq Drabu is a highly experienced and well known Manchester dentist and GDC registrant. He is accredited as a Specialist in Oral Surgery by the General Dental Council. Dr Tariq Drabu practices at his Langley Dental Practice in Manchester. Dr Drabu is a leading name in dentistry, with more than 25 years’ experience in both general practice and hospital dentistry. Dr Tariq Drabu is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. He is a specialist staff member at The UCLan Dental Clinic in Preston.

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