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Sugarless gum can help with dental health
Updated: 4/24/2009 1:00:02 PM

Sugarless gum can help with dental health While some health officials are unsure about new research released this week concerning the health benefits of gum, most agree there is still worth in utilizing the popular treat as a form of dental care.

The Wrigley Science Institute presented research this week suggesting students who chew gum during school could achieve an improved academic performance.

This runs contrary to some schools in the country that prohibit the act of chewing gum during classes. However, one health expert told CNN.com the findings may not be viable.

"The only reason to do these studies is to sell more gum," said Dr Marion Nestle, a nutritionist at New York University.

"Gum has no calories. If it helps people eat less, it could be useful," she added.

Despite the controversial research, there has been a dental health benefit to chewing gum that has been embraced by the American Dental Association.

People who chew sugarless gum after meals for 20 minutes can prevent tooth decay, thanks to the saliva produced in the mouth which can wash away acids and bacteria from the teeth. The ADA recommends people look for sugarless gum products with the ADA-approved seal.

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