Chewing sugar free gum can help reduce tooth decay

Chewing just one additional piece of sugar free gum each day could save £3.3 billion worldwide on dental expenditures from treating tooth decay, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Dentistry on 2 April, 2017

The data is significant given tooth decay and oral diseases rank fourth among the most expensive global health conditions to treat, according to the World Health Organization.

While tooth decay is largely preventable, it still affects 60-90% of schoolchildren and nearly all adults globally.

Tooth ache sick days cost the UK economy £105m

The Oral Health Foundation is urging workplaces and employees to prioritise their oral health as new research reveals that oral health problems such as toothache are costing the UK economy more than £105 million each year in sick days.

The poll, commissioned as part of the campaign National Smile Month, discovered that around one in 20 working Brits have been forced to take time off work in the last year due to oral health problems.

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