June 19, 2006
Re: "Get Healthy, Then Get Pregnant" [June 5]: I am disappointed that your article never advised women who are planning to get pregnant to get a dental examination to ensure that there is no periodontal [gum] disease. Periodontal disease is caused by a chronic bacterial infection that can increase the risk of preterm birth. Overall, studies have concluded that pregnant women who have moderate to severe periodontal disease may be seven times more likely to deliver a premature child than women with healthy gums.
March 3, 1992 |
It can sneak up on you, eventually making you look and feel older. The first hint might be blood on your toothbrush--or there might not be any clue of something gone wrong. Gum disease--the No. 1 cause of tooth loss in adults--afflicts 75% of Americans past age 35, according to the American Dental Assn. Recently, though, the outlook has become less grim. Researchers have zeroed in on a handful of bacteria--from a cast of hundreds--that seem to be the culprits.
December 22, 1988 |
James Briggs of Whittier needs to replace the glass bowl for a Samson Products gum ball machine ; the manufacturer seems to have moved. Can you get the ball rolling on this sticky subject, or will your inability to come up with a source not only bowl Briggs over but also give him something to chew on?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1986
This is in response to Donald E. Olson's letter (Nov. 27) on chewing gum. Followers of Freud might suggest that gum chewing is an oral fixation caused by some early childhood deprivation. Social conformists view gum chewing as crass and vulgar. The practical earthy types claim that it relieves tension and is a good substitute for smoking or overeating. But I am convinced that gum chewing is an art form to be appreciated and enjoyed. Knowledge of the medium is essential. Traditionalists tend to choose Chiclets, Dentyne, Juicy Fruit, and Wrigley Bubbalicious, or anything that promises a new sensation.
May 24, 1988 |
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.
February 15, 2012 |
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.
January 17, 2011 |
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.
September 30, 2007 |
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.
April 18, 2012 |
Gum disease -- it raises the risk of heart disease and stroke, doesn't it? We've long been told there's a link. But here's a statement put out Wednesday by the American Heart Assn.: “Keeping teeth and gums healthy is important for your overall health,” the heart association's statement begins. “However, an American Heart Association expert committee -- made up of cardiologists, dentists and infectious diseases specialists -- found no conclusive scientific evidence that gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, causes or increases the rates of cardiovascular diseases.
March 16, 2008 |
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.