March 2009 Issue

Chew Gum to Keep Mouth Healthy, Lose Weight, Focus

Archeologists have found evidence of chewing gum made from tree resin and honey—complete with teeth marks—dating back to the Stone Age. The first modern chewing gum, patented in 1869, was made from sapote and sapodilla fruit trees. Fast forward to today, when new discoveries of gum’s health benefits are changing the reputation of the much-maligned practice of chewing gum. What health attributes can gum claim? Recent research links it to oral health, weight management and stress relief. Dentists recommend chewing sugar-free gum for oral health. And the American Dental Association has awarded that familiar Seal of Acceptance to several sugar-free gums.

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