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Gumming Into the Mainstream

Chewing gum isn't uncool anymore

(HealthDayNews) -- Chewing gum was once considered a rude and unhealthy habit. Not anymore, folks.

A report from the Journal of Dental Research shows chewing sugar-free gum not only helps your teeth, but also it offers benefits that last for a long time after you've given up chewing gum.

Researchers from the School of Dentistry at the University of Washington followed the dental progress of children who chewed sugar-free gum for five years, then stopped chewing gum.

The researchers found that teeth that had come in during the gum chewing period were protected from cavities for two years after the chewing stopped. The teeth that were already in place when the children started chewing gum didn't show any long-term benefit.

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