The U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio is working on a ‘combat gum’ that kills cavity-causing bacteria. Tooth decay in the field represents a significant toll on our combat personnel. Meanwhile, about 40% of Army recruits enter the service with at least three cavities, according to Col. Robert Hale, the commander of the U.S. Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment.
Scientists have spent seven years on the gum, which contains an ingredient that enhances the body’s natural ability to kill the bacteria that cause plaque.
Fighting tooth decay and preventing gum disease could be as easy as chewing the gum for 20 minutes after meals, Hale said.