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    Pentagon Works on Bacteria-Killing Gum for Soldiers

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    The Pentagon is rolling ahead with an initiative they hope will help soldiers maintain better health and require fewer expensive trips to the dentist.

    The Pentagon is rolling ahead with an initiative they hope will help soldiers maintain better health and require fewer expensive trips to the dentist.

    They plan to introduce Combat Gum, an amped up version of stuff overflowing from grocery checkout lanes everywhere.

    It’s unknown if it will come in the same vast array of creative flavors, but it will have one thing civilian offerings don’t – the power to kill dangerous bacteria.

    They’ve turned up the plaque-fighting abilities of regular sugar-free gum by adding anti-microbial peptides.

    It’s estimated the development will save the Pentagon an astronomical amount of money in pricey dental procedures.

    Also, it’ll save on time, as soldiers won’t need to delay training or be pulled out of combat to have their teeth drilled, treated, and patched up.

    Preventing tooth issues from happening in the first place can be accomplished in as little as 20 minutes of chewing.

    The gum has already been 7 years in the making with clinical trials ongoing, and is hoped to be available to soldiers in about 3 to 5 years.

    Eventually, it could be made available to civilians, but that may not happen for up to 10 more years.