Saturday, November 28, 2009

There are no dentists in foxholes

They've developed a gum that will brush your teeth for you while you are in the war zone:

With the help of a gum chomping machine and years of careful chemistry, University of Kentucky researchers have developed a chewing gum that can help replace toothpaste and a toothbrush, thus improving the health of soldiers in the field as well as children in poor countries.

Seriously. Gum.

In what is known around the UK College of Pharmacy by the ever-so-catchy title of "the military gum project," an antimicrobial, known as KSL, is infused in chewing gum. KSL is anti-adhesive and abrasive agent that disrupts and helps dissolve plaque.

As every toothpaste commercial has told us for years, fighting plaque is key to good dental health.

Since World War I, thousands of American soldiers have suffered from the extreme form of gingivitis that can result in painful ulcers, infection and bleeding gums. You've probably heard it called "trench mouth."

Now if they could only get something to floss for you....


Steve Bates said...

Happiness is a warm gum...

I'm one of those rare individuals who don't mind flossing. Or maybe my teeth are so bad that I'll do any reasonable thing to try to keep them. Bleeding gums? I haven't seen those for many, many years.

ellroon said...

Now I feel guilty about not flossing...

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Then they stamp,
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mahakal said...

I'm not sure why they'd have to use some experimental decapeptide in the chewing gum, can't they just use neem oil?

ellroon said...