Chewing gum as aid in treatment of hyposalivation

N Y State Dent J. 1991 Apr;57(4):28-31.


Chewing gum is more than a popular confection. In people suffering from dry mouth, chewing gum produces transitory relief from symptoms by stimulating residual functional salivary glands to increase flow rates. Chewing sugarless gum also reduces the risk of carious attack secondary to dry mouth by neutralizing acid production in plaque.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chewing Gum*
  • Dental Plaque / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Saliva / metabolism
  • Xerostomia / therapy*


  • Chewing Gum