Chewing gum has been found to remove harmful bacteria from mouths, according to a study.
Researchers found that just a single piece of chewing gum can remove 100 million bacteria – 10 per cent of the microbial load in saliva – in ten minutes.
And they say that gum can be just as effective as flossing – although they each targets different areas of the mouth.
The study, which appeared in the journal Plos One, was led by researchers from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.
They found that the gum was most effective in the first 30 seconds of chewing, and after that it would become less effective in trapping bacteria on a sliding scale.
Also, they note that only gum that did not contain sugar was useful; if it did contain sugar, it could ‘feed’ oral bacteria.
In one of their experiments, known numbers of bacteria were finger-chewed into the mouths of participants, and they were then asked to chew gum for 10 minutes.
The researchers found that about 100 million bacteria were detected on each piece of chewed gum, with the number increasing as chewing time increased.
‘Trapped bacteria were clearly visualised in chewed gum using scanning-electron-microscopy,’ they wrote in their paper.
They used two unnamed brands of spearming gum in their study.
Chewing one piece of gum could remove about 10 per cent of the oral microbial load in saliva.
They note, however, that continuously chewing gum can ultimately release some of the absorbed bacteria back into the mouth.
‘Continued chewing changes the structure of the gums, decreasing the hardness of the gum due to uptake of salivary components and release of water soluble components,’ they write.
‘This presumably affects the adhesion of bacteria to the gum, causing a release of initially trapped, more weakly adhering bacteria from the gum.
‘Such a change in composition of trapped bacteria is supported by the observation that the diversity of species trapped in chewed gum increases with chewing time.’
The researchers add that their research could be used to develop gum that selectively removes specific disease-related bacteria from mouths.
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Wonderful research. Just that I don’t chew gum bcos it gives me headec.
Humm @ science! Most of chewing gums has sugar… nice research anyway.
Humm @ science! Most of chewing gums has sugar… nice research anyway. Tnx MISM
Really? I chew gums alot
Really…that’s good o
Lolz ok ooo
Good info ….but ewwwwww! ! Now anytime I chew gum I feel like am munching bacteria lolz!
Ping ping…. honey, pls get me orbit while coming back! Thanks MIM…
Well they had better find an alternative cos I hate chewing Gum.plus it gives me severe headache
Like seriously?????? Maybe I should learn how to overcome the headache it brings lol
Orbit is very soft, try it @ Adaobi it dosnt really cause headach.
Its actually nice but the headache thing scares me
Really? ? Ok, lemme go grab some orbit chewing gum right away.Tnx 4 sharing, MIM.
orbit has sugar.. isn’t? lols
Oh really? Good to know. But gum makes me hungry.
Orbit is one of the best, I chew sometimes at home but not for too long, I hate chewing gum outside cos it makes one look irresponsible, nice info MIS, am already trying it out..
Seriously?? With the tootache and headache that come with it? No thanks
Is that so chewing of gum activated lol
Not really a fan of chewing gum
Seriously, okay ooOo though chewin gum gives me a lot of headache
Wow chewing gum mode activated
nice I’m on track
so active gumming activated
Wow I love chewing gum gud for me then
Dis is an eye opener well am chewing one now
Chaiiii science will one day approve animal excreta as healthy for consumption. They no go kill us oooo lol
gums are headache to me buh good to know
Most of us chew gum but we do it for a long time. Personally I don’t like chewing gum because there’s an opinion it gives people about you especially when you’re chewing and making sound with it
Really…….. Am so going to stick with this idea, i love chewing gums a lot especially the ones with mint, i clears your mouth and gives me a fresh breath all day. But with some medical benefits attached to it, it’s so cool.
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