New Plaque-Fighting Product for Military Personnel


Here at TenderCare Dental, we strive to share relevant and new health information with our patients. We have many patients who have family members in the United States military, including the Army. Many soldiers experience tooth pain and oral health issues while overseas or in combat. But new research coming out of the institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio is setting out to change that. The researchers are working on a new chewing gum that kills cavity-causing bacteria.

The Army is calling it a prototype for ‘combat gum,’ which aims to eliminate and reduce dental problems in recruits. ‘Combat gum’ is a plaque-fighting product that should help reduce tooth problems in our soldiers.

Many people don’t realize that tooth decay and gum disease are one of the largest health issues for the military. About 40% of Army recruits enter the service with at least three cavities.

It is a good idea to visit the dentist for the necessary dental work before the troops deploy, but it is a challenge when these appointments conflict with valuable basic training schedules. If a toothache occurs when the soldier is overseas, it can be troublesome to pull it and go to the nearest dentist, wherever that may be.

We work with our patients who have family members in the military and ensure a health plan is put in place. Whether you are in the military or not, we always work with patients to develop an oral health routine that fits with your schedule.

Scientists have spent more than seven years developing this gum. The secret weapon of this gum is that it contains an ingredient that enhances the body’s natural ability to kill the bacteria that cause plaque.

Preventing gum disease and fighting off tooth decay could be as simple as chewing this gum for 20 minutes after each meal. The ‘combat gum’ is still in clinical trials, but there are plans to make it available with a prescription in the next three to five years for the general public.

We often recommend patients chew sugar-free gum for optimal oral health. Chewing gum in between meals can help stimulate saliva flow which fights off cavities. We are interested in learning more about the ‘combat gum,’ and our doctors suggest it may be a wise solution to a growing problem in our military.

To learn more about this and other creative ways to fight off cavities, visit our office today.