Listen up bubble blowers and gum chewers: You already know that gum is awesome. But did you know it could change the world?
Recently, a team of University of Pennsylvania students developed an amazing chewing gum that is every bit as tasty as the gum we know and love, but with added teeth cleaning benefits. The reasoning? To promote a low cost method of dental hygiene, particularly in developing countries where dentists are not available.
Fast Company’s Co.Exist website recently reported on the gum. Read an excerpt below and check out the full article at their website:
“Up to 3.9 billion people–or roughly half the global population–suffer from untreated tooth decay. They don’t visit a dentist regularly (except to get a tooth extracted). They’re prone to aches and related sleep problems. Their brushing-and-flossing routine is minimal, or non-existent.
For people earning a few dollars a day, tooth brushes and paste may be an afterthought beside food and other immediate needs, so persuading them to look after their teeth may be difficult. That’s why a group of students at the University of Pennsylvania is working on an alternative: A special chewing gum with added dental-hygiene benefits.”