" It may not be a major recruiting or reenlistment incentive, but the day may come when troops no longer have to brush and floss. The army could sign a contract as early as Sept 1 to conduct an experiment with gum that, when chewed for about 30 minutes, would kill germs, stop plaque buildup and prevent tooth decay. The idea would be to have troops use the gum while deployed to austere and remote environments. The key ingredient is a protein called KSL, developed by the University of Kentucky's College of Pharmacy. The contract will be for a company to develop gum with different amounts of KSL to determine the ideal dose."
Ok, I know some people don't ever go to a dentist because of a terrifying fear or financial burden, but seriously, GUM?!?!?!
What is going on with America? Too lazy to even brush your teeth? Maybe I am a teeth person, but I cannot imagine a stick of gum, no matter the protein amount, working to clean my back molars or the front bottom teeth. I would still feel the plaque! Also, I cannot chew gum because I have horrible TMJ (jaw problems).
I would only chew the gum if it was a promise that I never would have a cavity again!