Chewing certain gums could fight tooth decay

People's Pharmacy

Health & Fitness

May 09, 2004|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate

I read that cinnamon is good against plaque. Can you tell me how to take it?

Research funded by the Wrigley Company has found that chewing cinnamon gum can kill bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath. There is no indication, however, that these bacteria are also involved in the tooth plaque that causes tooth decay.

Gum that contains the natural sugar substitute xylitol (Aquafresh Dental Gum, Carefree Koolerz, Spry, Stimorol, etc.) can reduce mouth bacteria that cause plaque and cavities.

Have you heard anything about drinking quinine water to combat muscle twitches? I had a stubborn twitch in my eye for months. I went to the doctor, and he couldn't help me.

Then I asked my mother about it. She said I should drink tonic water, which has quinine in it. I tried it, and the twitch disappeared. That was years ago, and whenever the twitch comes back, I drink tonic water, and it's gone.

We've not heard about quinine fighting muscle twitches, but it is a classic remedy for muscle cramps. A glass of tonic water in the afternoon or evening is often effective against nighttime leg cramps.

Some people are highly sensitive to quinine and develop reactions to it such as flushing, itching, rash, fever or life-threatening anemia. Such people should avoid tonic water.

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