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Why are You GUM, not Tooth?

Everybody virtually brushes teeth. Cleaning in mouth has us feel good. How many times have we brushed our teeth in our lives?

I have used a product of toothpaste, GUM (produced by SUNSTAR), for more than a decade. Is it available in your place? I wonder why the name is GUM, not TOOTH although it is toothpaste. The tube also represents that “Healthy Gums. Healthy Life.” indicating that healthy gums is associated with healthy life. Do you know what CPC, LPS, and GK2 means on the tube label? I noticed that I did not know the details.

Toothpaste, GUM, produced by SUNSTAR.

Toothpaste, GUM, produced by SUNSTAR.

Toothpaste, GUM, produced by SUNSTAR. CPC, cetylpyridinium chloride; LPS, lipopolysaccharide; GK2, dipotassium glycyrrhizinate

Toothpaste, GUM, produced by SUNSTAR. CPC, cetylpyridinium chloride; LPS, lipopolysaccharide; GK2, dipotassium glycyrrhizinate

I briefly talk about CPC, LPS, and GK2 as follows.

Cetylpyridinium chloride, CPC, is antiseptic that kills bacteria and other microorganisms. And it can prevent dental plaque. You can see the molecular structure on the tube in the first picture.

Lipopolysaccharide, LPS, is a large molecule consisted of lipid and polysaccharide, those are a part of outer membrane of bacteria and known as a kind of endotoxin. It causes strong immune response such as inflammatory.

Dipotassium glycyrrhizinate, GK2, is water-soluble derivative derived from glycyrrhiza that is one of components extracted from licorice.  It has anti-inflammatory property.

As you can see, those components keep your gum healthy and prevent it from periodontal disease. We can maintain our gums in good condition using GUM as a result we can keep good teeth and get healthy life. GUM would focus on treatment of our gums. What toothpaste do you like?

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This entry was posted on 2015-03-24 by in Health.
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