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NEWS
May 24, 1988 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
When it comes to tooth decay, sugared chewing gum has gotten a bad reputation. But based on his recent study, a University of Iowa dentist says it's just as effective as sugarless gum in neutralizing decay-causing acids--provided it's chewed only for about 20 minutes. Dr.
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BUSINESS
February 15, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Amid shifts in the gum industry, a bit of Americana might be going away — the colorful gum balls once sold for a penny from machines at drugstores, arcades and supermarkets. The main problem with the classic, round gum balls is that although they're available in many flavors and colors, almost all of them have one thing in common — a heavy dose of sugar. Long the scourge of dentists, this product has come in for a drubbing at a time when child obesity has focused attention on sweets.
NEWS
January 17, 2011 | By Jimmy Orr, Los Angeles Times
NOTE:  This is a blog about two guys attempting to lose weight over a six-week period.  They kicked off their weight loss "strategies" on Monday. Friday was rough.  The morning oatmeal lasted until about 11 a.m., but then the cravings hit for something sweet.  Popped into my boss’ office and grabbed some gum. Unfortunately, the gum on his desk was a gag gift.  I didn’t read the package.  The gum was bacon-flavored. That horrific taste didn’t leave my mouth for the rest of the day.  It was almost as bad as the time I ate raw whale tongue soaked in its own blood.
BUSINESS
September 30, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
The nation's largest dentist group now says chewing gum can be good for you, as long as it's sugar-free. The American Dental Assn. said it had awarded its seal of acceptance to Wrigley sugar-free gums Orbit, Extra and Eclipse -- based on studies funded at least partially by the maker of Wrigley gums, Chicago-based Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. It's the first time the ADA has allowed its seal to appear on gum, having cleared its use on thousands of products since 1930.
HEALTH
October 26, 1998 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
Between brushings, you say, you can feel that icky plaque buildup? Enter the new dental chewing gums, aimed at reducing plaque when you're too busy to brush. Some, including Arm & Hammer Dental Care's Baking Soda Gum and Trident Advantage, contain baking soda as the active ingredient. Arm & Hammer claims its gum removes plaque by up to 25%, when two pieces are chewed daily for a month.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. said it would overhaul the packaging and flavor of its ubiquitous stick gums, including Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, Big Red and Extra brands, as part of an effort to revive sagging U.S. sales. The company says it will transform the foil-wrapped stick gum to a sleek 15-stick envelope. It also intends to boost the gum's flavor. The slim design is similar to the packaging used for 5, the Chicago-based company's newest gum that debuted last year. That product and its packaging were designed to easily fit in a pocket and attract teens and young adults, who make up about one-third of the nation's gum chewers.
HEALTH
August 4, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange, Special to The Times
Drinking alcoholic beverages might one day be added to the list of risk factors for gum disease. A study of nearly 40,000 male health professionals by researchers at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine found that men who drank alcohol had an 18% to 27% higher risk of periodontitis than men who didn't.
SCIENCE
April 24, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stanford University researchers have found that an unusual family of bacteria called archaea, never previously linked to human disease, might be at the root of gum disease. Archaea are genetically and biochemically different from most bacteria, and many species of the organism are found in extreme environments, such as hot springs and salt lakes. Dr.
HEALTH
July 19, 1999 | MARNELL JAMESON
Were those champagne corks popping at the latest dental convention? Perhaps periodontists were celebrating their job security. Not only do these gum docs have demographics on their side--as the U.S. population grows older, more people develop gum disease--they also seem to have the economy working for them. You've probably read that Americans are saving less and are deeper into debt than they have been in years.
NEWS
June 18, 2001
Federal scientists said Tuesday they had sequenced the genome of a bacterium believed to play a major role in periodontitis, or gum disease, a finding that could lead to better approaches for prevention. Porphyromonas gingivalis is the first oral disease-causing microbe to be completely sequenced, said the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Periodontitis is a chronic infectious disease of the gums and underlying bony tissues that can cause tooth loss.
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