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What happens when you chew sugarfree gum?

Chewing sugarfree gum stimulates the production of saliva by up to 10 times the resting (or unstimulated) rate.

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What are the benefits of chewing sugarfree gum?

Chewing sugarfree gum stimulates the production of saliva to help wash away food particles and neutralise plaque acid in the mouth. Stimulated saliva not only helps balance the pH after eating, but also remineralizes tooth enamel. Studies show chewing sugarfree gum immediately after eating or drinking for a period of 20 minutes helps reduce the risk of tooth decay by up to 40%.

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Is EXTRA chewing gum really good for teeth? What evidence do you have?

Chewing sugarfree gum stimulates the production of saliva by up to ten times the normal unstimulated rate. Saliva neutralises plaque acid in the mouth and helps reduce the risk of dental caries by up to 40%. The stimulated saliva also helps repair early dental lesions through remineralisation of the tooth’s surface.

Sugarfree gum, such as EXTRA, is recognised by the World Dental Federation for its role in improving dental health and most Dental Associations across Europe recommend sugar free gum. EXTRA is proven to:

  • Stimulate saliva
  • Neutralise plaque acids
  • Enhance remineralisation
  • Helps prevent cavities
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Does Wrigley’s EXTRA contain sugar?


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What are the benefits of chewing EXTRA White/EXTRA Ice White?

In addition to all the usual oral care benefits of chewing EXTRA sugarfree gum, EXTRA White/Ice White, with sodium bicarbonate, is clinically proven to help reduce stain accumulation. Clinical findings obtained in a controlled study show that chewing EXTRA White/Ice White on a regular basis after eating effectively helps to prevent tooth stains from accumulating – the results showed that the extent and intensity of dental stains were reduced by 36% after six weeks, in comparison with the group that did not chew.

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Wrigley sugarfree gums contains Sorbitol which is a laxative – is this bad for you?

Some of our brands of chewing gum do contain a very small amount of sorbitol and, several years ago, clinical research reported that large quantities of sorbitol can cause mild diarrhoea in particularly sensitive individuals. Although the ingestion of sorbitol is no problem for most people, there are a few individuals who are especially sensitive to it, just as some people are sensitive to fish, strawberries, and many other foods and must therefore watch their daily intake carefully. However, sorbitol is found naturally in many foods, including pears, plums, cherries, dates, apricots, peaches and apples. Studies indicate that most people can consume up to 40 grams of sorbitol without experiencing a laxative effect and a stick of Wrigley sugarfree gum contains just 1.32 grams. Thus, for most individuals, it would be necessary to consume over 30 sticks of EXTRA daily to provoke a laxative reaction.

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Wrigley uses aspartame as a sweetener in their sugarfree gums – is it bad for you?

The Wrigley Company’s primary goal is, and always will be, to manufacture products that are safe and meet local and International food regulations. Aspartame is approved by the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Foods and by regulatory authorities in over 100 countries around the world.

Aspartame is perhaps the most rigorously tested food additive in history, with a record of over 25 years in the market place and with an estimated 250 million consumers worldwide. Aspartame is made from two amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. Aspartame’s components are digested, absorbed and metabolised as if they were derived from everyday foods. These components can also be found in vegetables, meat, dairy products and grains and therefore aspartame brings nothing new to our diet.

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Is there a connection between chewing gum and stomach acid?

There is no evidence that saliva in itself stimulates gastric juices in the stomach. It is generally accepted that only a bolus will activate gastric juices. During the chewing of gum there is a sharp rise in saliva volume; saliva contains bicarbonate and when swallowed, an acid neutralising effect occurs in the stomach. Research on this issue has been undertaken on patients with a duodenal ulcer, or X-ray negative dyspepsia and it was concluded that even for these people gum chewing is harmless. If this potentially sensitive group can chew gum without exacerbating their stomach problems, then it would seem reasonable to conclude that chewing gum will not cause stomach problems with anyone else.

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Can you be allergic to the rubber/latex in Wrigley’s chewing gum?

The lattices and rubbers that may create an allergy are natural and they usually contain traces of certain proteins which are the allergenic factors. We do not use any natural rubber or latex in our formulas. We use some synthetic rubbers which are, during a certain stage of there manufacturing process, in the form of latex. However, because they are synthetic, they do not contain proteins and therefore do not cause allergies.

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Do Wrigley chewing gum brands contain gelatine?

None of our products contain gelatine.

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Is it OK to swallow Wrigley chewing gum?

Although not meant to be swallowed, if it is, gum base simply passes through one’s system as other roughage does. Chewing gum is made of five basic ingredients – sweetners, corn syrup, softeners, flavours and gum base (the insoluble part that puts the “chew” in chewing gum). The first four ingredients are soluble and are extracted from the gum as you chew. Gum base, however, is not.

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What is the minimum age for recommending chewing gum?

The age at which children start to chew gum is a matter for parental discretion. However, Wrigley does not recommend children under the age of six chew gum.

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Does chewing gum produce Temporomandibular Disorders?

TMD is a group of conditions, often painful, affecting the jaw joint (TMJ) and the muscles that control chewing. TMD usually involves more than a single symptom and rarely has a single cause. According to the US National Institute of Dental Research, researchers are still looking for answers as to what causes TMD. It is believed to result from several factors acting together, including jaw injuries (trauma) and joint disease (arthritis). The National Institute of Dental Research emphasises that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that chewing gum, along with other jaw habits such as tooth/jaw clenching, tooth grinding, lip or fingernail biting, and abnormal posturing of the jaws, results in TMD. While gum chewing, as well as these other jaw habits, cannot cause TMD, they could perpetuate ongoing TMD symptoms. Anyone who believes they are suffering from TMD should seek advice and treatment from their dentist/doctor.

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Is any Wrigley sugarfree gum tested on animals?

No. None of the products that we manufacture are tested on animals.

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Are any of the ingredients used to manufacture Wrigley sugarfree gum tested on animals?

No. None of the ingredients used to manufacture any of our products are currently tested on animals.

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