Tuesday February 19, 2013
Wrigley Seeks Patent For Breath-Freshening Gum
Chicago — Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. has filed a patent application for a zinc and isothiocyanate chewing gum the company claims reduces volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) in the mouth, the cause of bad breath.
The company says when used individually, zinc salts or isothiocyanates may only be effective for short periods of time, however together, typically reduce VSCs by at least 50 percent.
Results of a study Wrigley conducted show the gum reduces VCSs by 87 percent immediately after chewing, 56 percent 60 minutes after chewing, 48 percent after 120 minutes and 24 percent after 180 minutes.