In April 2017, the American Journal of Dentistry published a paper entitled “A global approach to assess the economic benefits of increased consumption of sugar-free chewing gum”, which suggests that chewing one additional piece of sugar-free gum per day, as part of a complete oral hygiene routine, could reduce the global dental expenditures from treating tooth decay by $4.1 billion a year.1 For the first time, an economic model has been used to analyze the impact of increasing the average consumption of sugar-free gum on dental expenditures due to caries by the national healthcare systems in 25 industrialized countries.
Funded by Wrigley, the research was undertaken by a specialist health economics research group, the Institute of Empirical Health Economics (IfEG), with input from an international scientific steering committee comprised of thought-leaders in dental and public health, and economics:
Tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide and whilst largely preventable, ranks fourth among the most expensive global health conditions to treat.2 While further studies are needed, this new data provides compelling insights into the potential health economic benefits of chewing at a national and global level, adding to the extensive body of evidence on the benefits of chewing sugar-free gum in oral care.
At Wrigley, we’ve been researching the oral health benefits of chewing gum for more than 90 years. Today, we remain committed to research in this area to understand the science behind oral health and chewing, and help people around the world improve their oral health.