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What Makes Bubblegum So Special?

These days, when you want gum to chew on, you don’t have to go far to find dozens of brand of bubblegum on supermarket shelves and online retailers.

While most people look at all chewing gum as the same, there are actually a few types. Besides conventional and natural gums, you can also differentiate between regular chewing gums and bubblegums.

But aren’t chewing gum and bubblegum the same? Traditional chewing gum came first, getting its firm chew from chicle and other tree resins. Bubblegum is a subset of chewing gum made specially for its magnificent bubble.

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Chewing gum and bubblegum share a core set of ingredients called “gum base,” to which sweeteners, colors, flavors, etc. are added. For instance, Glee Gum uses chicle, a tree sap harvested sustainably from the rainforest of Central America. Most conventional gum brands use a synthetic gum base, made from artificial products like plastics.

Though many different civilizations and cultures utilized chewing gum in one form or another throughout the centuries, the product really picked up commercially in the USA during the 19th century.

With a series of small chicle-based chewing gum companies on the market, Frank Fleer of Fleer Chewing Gum Co. wanted a different kind of gum product. He searched for a way to reduce the toughness and stickiness of chewing gum so that bubbles could be blown with it—something that would set his gum apart from all others, he believed.

After many failed attempts, it was the company’s accountant, Walter Diemer, who ultimately concocted the recipe for what is now known as bubblegum in the 1920s. It was stretchier than traditional chewing gum and much less sticky, making it perfect for bubble-blowing. Bubblegum got its universally-recognized color when the company used the only available food coloring in the factory to make his first batch—a lovely shade of pink.

Aside from its delightful color, bubblegum is known for its characteristically fruity, uniquely bubblegum-y flavor. Most companies now use artificial flavorings to create that classic taste.

Not Glee! We use a combination of cherry, strawberry, lemon, and vanilla to achieve the delicious, nostalgic flavor that bubblegum is known for. Glee Gum’s Classic Bubblegum and Sugar-Free Bubblegum may not blow the biggest bubbles on the market, due to their all-natural gum bases. But you can chew happily knowing that Glee Gum makes gum the way we all used to, when chewing gum was clean and natural, free of artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, and sweeteners.

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Fighting Children’s Tooth Decay with Glee Gum and Natural Tooth Health

Despite the advances of fluoride, tooth decay is a disease that affects 60-90% of children.

Glee Gum works to attack this issue with sugarless gum made from natural ingredients like xylitol and chicle gum base. In addition to gum, we recognize it’s important to protect children’s teeth with oral care products that are made with natural ingredients. That’s why we recommend Natural Tooth Health products. 

Natural Tooth Health leads the industry in safe and effective oral care products with their line of all-natural toothpaste, tooth powder and mouth rinse. All the products are fluoride-free and Environmental Working Group (EWG) verified, which means they are free from ingredients of concern. Visit them at www.naturaltoothhealth.com.

All Glee Gum customers can save 25% off their first order of Natural Tooth Health products by using the following coupon code:

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Glee Gum and Natural Tooth Health products work together to prevent and stop tooth decay.

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What causes tooth decay and cavities?

Cavities are caused by the activity of bad bacteria that live in biofilm and plaque on your teeth. They consume sugar from your diet and decompose it into lactic acid. This acid⁠—plus any acidic foods that are consumed, like soft drinks, fruit juices, coffee and processed foods⁠—increase the acid attack on your tooth enamel, forming soft spots and eventually holes in your enamel. These soft spots and holes are cavities.

How can you prevent cavities?

To help prevent cavities between breakfast and bedtime, chew sugarless gum with xylitol between meals, such as Glee Gum. The chewing action and presence of xylitol in Glee Gum stimulates saliva. Saliva is the body’s natural mechanism to remineralize tooth enamel to offset the demineralizing action of acid. 

Xylitol has a second benefit. Because bad bacteria in the mouth cannot metabolize xylitol, acidity is neutralized and the population of bad bacteria is decreased when chewing xylitol-sweetened gum.

The second way to prevent cavities is to use oral care products from Natural Tooth Health at least twice a day. Using their research-backed toothpaste or tooth powder will eliminate the biofilm and plaque from your tooth enamel. Your teeth and mouth will feel smooth and clean, just like after a visit to your dental hygienist.

In cases of children who have extreme cavities, or are a mouth breather, which reduces mouth saliva, one should use a mouth rinse containing xylitol or erythritol (another sugar alcohol shown to reduce cavities) before bedtime. Be sure to swish with the mouth rinse for at least 60 seconds. Your whole mouth will be bathed in a solution that will decrease bad bacteria and help remineralize enamel.

Glee Gum and Natural Tooth Health offer products that will reduce tooth decay in children, as well as adults. Try them today.

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The Intercultural Maya University of Quintana Roo (UIMQROO) is an incredible public university in Mexico. Chicle, the tree sap used in Glee Gum, is harvested sustainably from this region— often by family members of UIMQROO students.

Backpack Glee for UIMQROOWe’ve seen first-hand how the harvest of non-timber forest products like chicle helps to conserve the rainforest. And we’ve seen how UIMQROO gives students the tools they need to create positive change socially, economically, and environmentally.

But, 15% of UIMQROO students drop out each year because they can’t afford to stay. Please join us in helping these students. We’ll match your donation! READ MORE.

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