Effect of chewing gum on plaque acidogenicity

Effect of chewing gum on plaque acidogenicity

Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry Vol. 24(2) Page 129-32

Koparal E, Ertugrul F, Sabah E.


Ege University, Dental Faculty, Department of Pedodontics, 35100, Bornova, Izmir, Turkey. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The aim of this investigation was to study the effect of chewing sucrose-containing gum, xylitol-sorbitol-containing gum and natural gum (Pistacia lenticus) on the pH recovery of sucrose challenged dental plaque. Plaque pH was measured by microtouch electrode method on two-days old plaque. The results of the present study suggest that the chewing gum increases plaque pH. Chewing natural gum created the highest plaque pH values.