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Army Develops New Chewing Gum 302

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IEBEYEBALL writes "The Army is developing a new chewing gum to help soldiers fight dental problems in the field. The gum takes the place of brushing teeth, which the soldier in a combat situation might not have time or means to do. This sounds like the perfect solution for the geek on the go!"
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Army Develops New Chewing Gum

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  • by mpathetiq (726625) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:43PM (#14015912) Homepage
    I know several who think that simply chewing a stick of gum after a meal is a sufficient replacement for a full brushing. Damn Trident marketing.

    These people also tend to have the DemonBreath from Hell TM.
    • by Mark of THE CITY (97325) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:50PM (#14015944) Homepage
      Trident's ad pitch the virtues of sugarless gum. Dentyne uses, or used, the slogan "Brush your breath with Dentyne."

    • in europe there's already a gum called xylifresh that's supposed to clean your teeth
    • I chew sugarless gum to make up for not brushing, but I do not believe it is as good as brushing. At the same time do you know for a fact it is not as good? I don't.

      In any case, I work 30+ hours at a time, sometimes without a break or sleep and its all I have time to do. For me it seems to work, I've not had one cavity in the last 4 years since working like this. I did have one in the past when I brushed more regularly. I'm just one person, though, so take it for what it is worth (which isn't much).
      • or me it seems to work, I've not had one cavity in the last 4 years since working like this. I did have one in the past when I brushed more regularly.

        I saw a documentary a few years ago where they found a pile of 2000 year old Roman skeletons that were trapped in a cave that had been sealed by a volcanic eruption. Since the Romans usually burnt their dead this was a rare find. It was interesting because their teeth were absolutely perfect They did not brush their teeth or have dentists yet they had no cav
        • Romans did brush their teeth using a paste made from urine, wine, and pumice, among other things. It was believed to whiten the teeth and help ensure the teeth were firmly fixed in their sockets, but it also helped prevent cavities.
          • Romans did brush their teeth using a paste made from urine, wine, and pumice, among other things. It was believed to whiten the teeth and help ensure the teeth were firmly fixed in their sockets, but it also helped prevent cavities.

            I didn't know they brushed their teeth but we brush our teeth and still have to see a dentist every 6 months. It's pretty rare to find someone that has never had a cavity or crooked teeth. There was a complete range of age with the skeletons from infant to elderly and not perso
      • At the same time do you know for a fact it is not as good? I don't.

        Seeing as how the gum probably doesn't contain fluoride, I think we can say pretty safely that chewing it is not as good as brushing.

        • by SacredNaCl (545593) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @06:03PM (#14017061) Journal
          Seeing as how the gum probably doesn't contain fluoride, I think we can say pretty safely that chewing it is not as good as brushing.

          The gum probably isn't as good as brushing, but that has to do with reasons of bacteria forming what is called a biofilm which needs to be broken up to be eliminated readily. A good brushing action is more effecting than the chewing action of gum.

          This is nothing to do with fluoride. Fluoride would be counter productive here. The only circumstances people benefit from low dose topical fluoride is when they are children, and the effect is rather unremarkable. You can look at places that use it, and don't use, and not see any tangible benefit in dental outcomes outside of a few years in the teens. Once adulthood sets in, fluoridated areas fare worse in several outcome measures than non-fluoridated. Once adulthood sets in and the teeth are formed, as in the case of combat soldiers, it becomes entirely counterproductive. Its also counterproducive when the dose is excessive, as in the case of many cities in the USA where they have fluoridated water, use fluoride toothpaste, and consume numerous products (cereals, beer [used to stop brewing process in American beers], other beverages, plant stores like tea..etc) that contain fluoride compounds, in addition exposure through the air from steel, aluminum, nuclear materials production, other metals, phosphate fertilizer manufacture, and burning coal.

          The teeth are not the only part of the body affected by fluoride as well. It has been shown to store in the bones and cause brittle bones, a demonstratable increase in hip fractures, it is neurotoxic (which has been demonstrated on multilple species of animals and people working in nuclear processing and aluminum manufacturing facilities) can cause confusion, delerium, decrease in intelligence and other damage to the nervous system that does not appear to be short term, it can lead to arthritic changes in the joints, there is also the matter of a demonstrable increase in bone cancer in boys, dental fluorsis, skeletal fluorosis, damage to the spine and nerves in the spine. It is a cumulative poison, and one of the more toxic ones in regular use.

          The military actually tried high dose fluoride treatments in combat situations to prevent tooth decay. They did this in Vietnam, every 6 months soldiers in the field would be called back to use a high dose fluoride tooth paste, and a high dose multicompound fluoride rinse. The results are what you would except, a very short term decline in dental carries, as the fluorsing effects did indeed make the outer enamel shell of the tooth harder, but this occured at the expense the material inside of the tooth. A year later their teeth were crumbling & they were far worse off than those who had not had the treatment at all. The only benefit was short term, it allowed the warfighter to stay out in the field without breaks for dental care for a few months at the expense of damage to all of their teeth later.

          There are other methods that could be employed with a delivery device like gum that would likely be more effective. Zinc gluconate and folic acid in a gum would make a very inhospitable environment for bacteria, you could also add antibacterial enzymes and low dose calcium to the gum. Zinc gluconate mouthwashes have demonstrated a high effectiveness for reducing bacteria and resulting decay. Folic acid washes reduce gum inflammation (thus the size of the pockets bacteria can get into to create problems). Antibacterial enzymes are used commercially already in dental mouthwashes such as biotene with a fair degree of effectiveness. Xylitol is also in wide use, though it is not as effective as the other methods. It will be interesting to see what their gum product actually contains. Even just increasing the saliva flow would be good in this environment. Stress tends to reduce the flow, and allows decay to set in faster. The body itself has means to deal with bacteria in the mouth, our normal state is not rotting t
          • Does the New World Order really care about your teeth?
            http://klomdark.servebeer.com:8081/MessageBase2/Re adMessage.aspx?MsgNum=617 [servebeer.com]

            Floride makes you complacent and submissive.
    • I know several who think that simply chewing a stick of gum after a meal is a sufficient replacement for a full brushing. Damn Trident marketing.

      These people also tend to have the DemonBreath from Hell TM.

      smells like someone shit in a spearmint bush

  • Everyone. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by joemawlma (897746) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:44PM (#14015915)
    Why wouldn't they just market and sell that to everyone? I'm sure most people would buy and chew gum if it could effectively replace brushing.
    • Because they're still trying to figure out how to tie it in to some recruitment campaign.
    • Re:Everyone. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Sen.NullProcPntr (855073) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @02:02PM (#14015993)
      Give it to solders and if it doesn't work; oh well - we tried.
      Sell it to the public and it doesn't work; "You owe me $1M for each tooth that fell out!"

      Seriously, most stuff designed for the military eventually makes it into the consumer market. Just a matter of time.

  • NOT!!! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:45PM (#14015919)
    They reason they are geeks is because they are NOT on the go!
    • Yes but that doesn't mean that they shower and brush their teeth daily.

      Of course I keep a toothbrush and toothpaste at work just to make sure I remember to brush daily.
    • by Myriad (89793) * <[myriad] [at] [thebsod.com]> on Saturday November 12, 2005 @02:16PM (#14016051) Homepage
      They reason they are geeks is because they are NOT on the go!

      <sigh>, when will Slashdot get it... once again, Correlation does not equate to Causality!

      For example, sick people are not on the go. Geeks are not on the go, ergo geeks must be sick! Doesn't make sense, does it?

      Now, that geeks are not on the go is supported by the fact that I'm sitting here on a lovely Saturday afternoon writing this. I'm certainly not on the go. However it's not because I'm not on the go that I'm sitting here posting on /., rather it's the other way around. I'm sitting here posting, which is preventing me from being on the go. Thus not being on the go is an effect rather than the actual cause.

      Or something. I think I need some fresh air. :)

      Blockwars [blockwars.com]: a free multiplayer, head to head game!

  • by external400kdiskette (930221) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:46PM (#14015924)
    Visiting Marine battalion jailed for life after found with chewing gum.
    • The ban was partially lifted, opening a whole new market to gum manufacturers. I read an article [entrepreneur.com] around this time last year where an entrepreneur had started a chewing gum company just to sell gum in Singapore.
      Sure, there are regulations, but I doubt the US government would get into any trouble over it.
  • by williamhb (758070) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:46PM (#14015925) Journal
    So when it gets stuck all over the streets the way regular chewing gum does, will it help prevent potholes?
  • by Pig Hogger (10379) <pig.hogger@noSpaM.gmail.com> on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:47PM (#14015929) Homepage Journal
    Nothing really new there, NASA astro-nuts had teeth-cleaning gum for years [nasaexplores.com].
    • by Fear the Clam (230933) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:52PM (#14015948)
      Meanwhile, the Russians just used a pencil.
    • by Fox_1 (128616) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:57PM (#14015967)
      Do you mean this paragraph from your linked article?
      Astronauts can brush their teeth much the way they do on Earth, with just a few minor changes. They can't leave the water running the way some people do, and they can't spit and rinse the toothpaste. They must either swallow it or spit it into a towel. Astronauts do have several dental aids. In weightlessness, salivation becomes more concentrated, which can lead to more tartar forming on the teeth. To prevent this, many astronauts chew gum and massage their gums to keep their mouths healthier.
      Because if that is where this happened before then you are really stretching your interpertation of the article. I see nothing here to indicate that the astronauts aren't just chewing normal gum because of spitty mouths. I do see something here to indicate that the astronauts brush their teeth like normal folks on Earth.
      This product, if tasty enough, could really change dental care for children and others in situations where they don't have their toothbrush and clean water. It's kinda a natural evolution of gum, I'm just surprised that it's only in recent years that the whitening gums and now cleaning gums are being developed.
  • by caffeinemessiah (918089) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:49PM (#14015937) Journal
    First it's the microwaves and fridges and coffee makers in the labs/cubicles/dungeons that we work in. Then come along hyper-caffeinated beverages to keep you going longer and longer. Choose anti-glare screens. Choose ergonomic mice. Choose Microsoft f***ing natural keyboards with advanced wrist support and a line of shortcut keys at the top. Choose free soda and free sugar, pumped handily into your veins. What next? Briefcase-sized port-a-potties so that we never, EVER have to leave the glare of the monitor?? STOP THE MADNESS!!!
    • I will not be surprised that with time, it will be discovered that this gum does not work, or actually does more harm than good! In America, it's all about the money. Somebody is making money off this and another will make money solving the problems this gum will bring.

      If the army wants good teeth for its soldiers, they should simply eat more natural foods. That's foods with less or no additives. Over the past 17 years I have come across many Africans in the US. I mean those who grew up on the African cont

    • This from "caffeinemessiah (918089)".. You stooge.
  • by NCraig (773500) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:50PM (#14015941)
    I've been told a few times that if you don't floss you might as well not even brush. I don't see how any gum could possibly be effective in the same way as flossing.

    However, I'm impressed that the Army has finally found something of use for both soldiers and really lazy people.
    • I don't think it is supposed to completely replace brushing, but to intercede when you are in the field, and don't have the time or ability to do so.
    • I've flossed maybe 3x in my entire life, but I brush regularly. No cavities or anything. So I can stop brushing entirely, you say?! Nice! Slashdot has the most amazing medical advice! :-P
    • by Alioth (221270) <no@spam> on Saturday November 12, 2005 @02:07PM (#14016015) Journal
      Well, not quite. If you don't brush at all (especially with the typical sugary diet) you'll get cavities in no time.

      One of the important things about toothpaste in general is the flouride. The flouride helps calcium present in your saliva precipitate out, and prevent incipient cavities from worsening. My Dad by the time he was 20 had many fillings. Thanks to the better toothpaste formulations, I'm 33 and still don't have a single filling - no tooth pain - no gum bleeding. I don't religiously floss my teeth every day either. Just brush my teeth with flouride toothpaste after each meal.
      • That's true as far as it goes, but keep in mind that just because a particular regimen works for you doesn't mean it will work for everyone. I had an uncle that had perfect teeth right up until the day he died of lung cancer at 45. I also had an aunt who smoked three or four packs a day until she died at 93 of old age ... but had terrible teeth. Each person's body is different in terms of the specific biochemical assaults it can withstand. Some we can simply avoid (don't start smoking) and others require va
      • by cocoamix (560647) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @03:07PM (#14016295)
        I work in the field of dental research. (I work in a lab, so I never have to dig in anyone's mouth, ew).

        The thing that really helps prevent cavities in your SALIVA. The bacteria in your mouth, streptococcus mutans, eats the sugar in your mouth. A byproduct of this is lactic acid, which breaks down the mineral in your enamel and dentin. Saliva acts as an acid buffer to prevent this. In addition there is a protein "web" called the pellicle layer which also protects teeth from acid and erosion.

        Chewing gum stimulates saliva flow, which buffers the acid. Heck, chewing on plain old beeswax will help.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    The dental significance of xylitol was "discovered" in Finland in the early 70's, when scientists at Turku University showed it could prevent caries.

    Xylitol-Jenkki, the first xylitol chewing gum in the world, was launched by the Finnish company Leaf in 1975.
    http://www.xylitol.org/ [xylitol.org]
  • ...I see no mention of the taste. An alternative that tastes like acetaminophen would be enough to get me to brush three times a day.

    But it seems like a solution without a problem, as far as geeks are concerned. It's not like brushing takes a long time, or is unpleasant. It's worse to not brush, in the short term and in the long term.

    • From TFA:

      Gum was considered an ideal solution because the Army already issues gum to soldiers in their field rations...

      ...Dr. Patrick DeLuca, a University of Kentucky drug product developer, is working to perfect the prototype, trying to make it taste better and ensure that it retains its flavor and bacteria-fighting ability for 30 minutes to an hour.

      Understand? It does not taste good enough to include in *MREs.*

      I think that says ALL you need to know about the taste at this point.

  • Noooo (Score:5, Funny)

    by pcgamez (40751) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @01:54PM (#14015961)
    The gum was the only good thing inside a MRE (other than the rare bag of Skittles).
    • I seem to remember the rumor that the gum in our MRE's has stuff in it to make you slightly constipated, so you weren't shitting very often while out in the field. It also had the nice sicde effect of making for a nice solid movement. I always thought the food itself was enough to connstipate you.

      Thankfully, I was only a reservist and didn't have to live on the goddamn things for very long.

      Mmmmm... Beef brick, Pork Brick, mushy chicken in something... good times. The best part was sneaking the hot cocoa p
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Teeth that is. The army was the first time I met 18 year olds who had dentures. There was, and probably still is, a class of people who believed that having teeth was a problem (especially if you don't take care of them) and that you should have them removed as soon as possible, usually before you drop out of school.

    The army believed otherwise and encouraged you to at least keep a few. There were requirements to have some number of teeth to get into airborn and you'd see recruits desperately trying to ke

    • Also, if you don't take care of your teeth, you gums get really sensitive, which is why some people don't like going to the dentist for a check up and cleaning.

      The bills you get afterward aren't such a comfort, either. They take full advantage of you if you don't have insurance.
    • In my case, I have dentures, and I've had them since the age of 15. No, I did brush my teeth, I brushed 2 times a day, once in the afternoon (after breakfast, and once before bed) Flosing was a problem for me, I could never get the hang of it without cutting up my gums.
      But what makes my case special, is that I was born with a syndrome that made my teeth soft, and perfectly acceptible to cavities. During a routine dential check, it was apparent that my teeth were going to cause more touble than w
      • I don't know whether it's the same condition, but I had one hyperplastic tooth, i.e. it emerged with no enamel. It was soft and excessively sensitive. I never actually had any cavities in it, but it was quite uncomfortable, and bits would occasionally break off; I had it patched up a couple of times.

        My grandfather had many more teeth with the same condition, and ended up with dentures at the age of eighteen or so.

        Fortunately, I only had one of them, and it was right at the back. So when I had my wisdom t
  • Bad teeth? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by dada21 (163177) *
    I've been burdened with bad teeth all my life. Cavities galore, crooked, cracks.

    I always brushed and lossed. Flouride treatments and cleanings ahead of schedule. No good.

    I have a mandibular excess, causing TMJ "pain" and massive nightly grinding. It was likely the source of my problem.

    I saw a dentist in Poland about 7 years ago for a toothache. She explained to me the "conspiracy" of the ADA: pro-flouride, pro-abrasive cleanings, pro-short term fixes.

    I did some research and found flouride is a poison
    • by hsoft (742011)
      But no-thoothpaste is kind of... extreme. Fluorless thoothpaste products EXIST.
    • I have a mandibular excess, causing TMJ "pain" and massive nightly grinding.

      Have you ever heard of Orthognathic surgery [stanford.edu]? It's getting pretty sophisticated now, using CT scans to develop 3D models and Computer-aided surgical planning [materialise.com] to assist doctors with surgery. It costs a fortune, but some health funds cover it. The company, Materialise, can use colour stereolithography [materialise.com] to make a prominent nerve that runs along the lower mandible visible within a transparent model. This helps Orthognathic surgeons, b

      • Yup, been investigating it for about 10 years.

        Unfortunately, the costs are tremendous, and I've spoken with many people online who had WORSE TMJ-related problems after the surgery. One lady spent over $160,000 and she's suicidal from the new pain. No thanks.

        Plus, orthognathic surgery would change my profile and look -- in a notably good way (more attractive). My profile has always been part of my persona, even something I've sold myself with. Growing up feeling ugly and being able to turn it into an att
        • I just had the surgery in August and things are going fantastic. Although, my condition was not very drastic, it was just enough of a pain that I finally decided to go through with it. It cost me in the range of $30,000, including the models. My teeth were only wired for two weeks after the surgery. That was the time I had to be on a liquid diet. Strictly broth, milks (dairy, soy, rice for variety), and strained soups (the little pulp bits clog up your mouth).

          Then they put rubber bands on, which I can rem

      • DUDE!!! Did you not hear the man?

        His solution fixed the problem without all of this crap. This crap is exactly what he was preaching against.

    • by Tetravus (79831) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @02:46PM (#14016194) Homepage
      General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Lord, Jack.
      General Jack D. Ripper: You know when fluoridation first began?
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: I... no, no. I don't, Jack.
      General Jack D. Ripper: Nineteen hundred and forty-six. Nineteen forty-six, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Uh, Jack, Jack, listen, tell me, tell me, Jack. When did you first... become... well, develop this theory?
      General Jack D. Ripper: Well, I, uh... I... I... first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love.
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm.
      General Jack D. Ripper: Yes, a uh, a profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I... I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence.
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm.
      General Jack D. Ripper: I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women uh... women sense my power and they seek the life essence. I, uh... I do not avoid women, Mandrake.
      Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: No.
      General Jack D. Ripper: But I... I do deny them my essence.

      Copied gratuitiously from the IMDB Memorable Quotes [imdb.com] section. So you see, it's not a US plot. It's a commie plot.
    • Personnally, I have pretty good teeth, and I think it is mostly from avoiding all water... (I prefer ale anyway.) It's not only the floride in water, do you know what fish do in that stuff?!?
  • I think that is the more important question! I recall (not so fondly) meeting up with partners in computer engineering classes after we had been working on a project all night, and I must say the combo of no sleep, no toothbrush, coffee and cigarettes did not make for a pleasant breathing environment!
  • by geneing (756949) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @02:07PM (#14016012)
    In other news: Cola to replace flossing
    • Yes, and the latest research from the Air Force indicates that caffeine raises the heart rate and causes muscle twitching, thus providing all the benefits of an aerobic workout without the workout! Technojocks everywhere are rejoicing at this unexpected benefit from their favorite beverages, and are looking forward to growing massive pectorals while typing and pushing buttons on TV remotes. Brisk sales of caffeinated products are expected.
    • Bart: Dad, do I have to brush my teeth?
      Homer: No, but at least rinse your mouth out with soda.

      Bart After Dark [snpp.com]

  • by Chocolate Teapot (639869) * on Saturday November 12, 2005 @02:10PM (#14016029) Journal
    I mean, what if this stuff actually tastes good too? Frontline soldiers will be chewing it incessantly, thus rendering them an easy target for snipers in the dark, who will be able to spot them because of their gleaming white teeth. "OK men, keep your heads down, watch your backs and for God's sake, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!" I'd rather have plaque than a bullet in the gob anytime.


  • I came to chew bubblegum and spread freedom, and it looks like I'm all out of bubblegum.
  • If the US army didn't care about their soldiers they wouldn't be doing something like this. Soldiers are valuable and the US has reached a decision where they would rather expend steel than lives. Now, what really matters is that the US army is trying to encourage a higher quality of life for it's members.
    Those brave kids are giving their lives right now for what they believe in. They deserve all the kinds of support that can practically be provided.
    • I'm not saying the Army hates people, because it doesn't, but they're not doing this because they just love the guys so much they can't stand to see their teeth less than shiny. At the beginning of the Iraq war, huge amounts of soldiers from the Fort Lewis Stryker brigade (I think) couldn't go in because their teeth were so crappy. This isn't a comfort thing, it's a "soldier will not be able to function due to pain/not being able to eat thier MREs" thing. The Army cares about the soldiers, yes, but no way i
      • by headkase (533448)
        The army will invest lot's of good money into each soldier too, and yes the army is doing it for their own benefit but the soldier gains skills as part of the transaction as well. In a Machiavellian way it is all about combat readiness and that is necessary as a base but from there the values drilled into each soldier originate from the values of the nation as a whole. The values are all we have to hold onto when it comes down to it and I think the US values tend to be the kind that are suitable for real
  • by Dachannien (617929) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @02:35PM (#14016132)
    Fry: Big Pink! It's the only gum with the breath-freshening power of ham.
    Bender: And it pinkens your teeth while you chew!
  • by Genevish (93570) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @02:35PM (#14016133) Homepage
    Here's [oragenics.com] the solution. OK, it's a few years away, but the Army investing in it would probably help it along...
  • If you actually have access to a sink and still chew this, you are one most nasty individual. This was developed for people who are in jungles and desterts, not slobs who dont want to take a two minute break from playing everquest to brush their teeth every few days, or god forbid brush their teeth after their shower. Reminds me of my girlfriend's father at the family picnic when he started calling someone fat and my girlfriend's sister said "shut up, when was the last time you took a bath" and he said "wel
  • Wait.... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Tablizer (95088)
    Gomer, that aint gum! It is C4 plastic explo....
  • by Junior J. Junior III (192702) on Saturday November 12, 2005 @03:31PM (#14016398) Homepage
    Heard somewhere on a future battlefield... "I came here to kick ass and chew gum, and I'm all out of... oh wait a minute, they just airlifted in a whole pallet of this stuff. Looks like I won't have to kill you today, after all!"
  • MRE (Score:2, Funny)

    by RoadWarriorX (522317)
    When I was in the Navy, they had these MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) [wikipedia.org] that already had these Chicklet-looking pieces of crap gum. Throughout my short stint in the military, I've always heard rumors that there were alternative motive on supplying gum in the MREs. One rumor I heard was that the gum was included a laxitive to make you poop better. OK, I could have believed that. Ever had an MRE? Case closed there. Another rumor was that it may have included experimental medicines that they did not want you to
  • What a waste of money.
    In the end Wrigley [wrigley.com] will provide a chewing gum that costst $35 per package!
  • This is ridiculous. Chewing the gum might kill some of the bacteria and do superficial cleaning but have these guys compared the size of a pack of floss to the size of these gum packs? Floss takes much less space (its just thread) than packs of gum and is much more effective in dental cleaning!
  • Seems all tech has to be aimed at the military these days. This gum, the robot controls humvees. The Penagon has all the money. Too bad. Would be nice to see some science with a non-military angle.

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