Were you ever told that if you swallow gum it would stay in your stomach for 8 years? I was repeatedly told that growing up, and I have no idea if it's actually true, but the thought of gum staying in my stomach that long grosses me out. For some strange reason, neither of my boys (ages 4 and 6) have figured out how chewing gum actually works. They'll chew it for about the length of time it would take to chew a candy and then swallow it (and I can't help thinking about it being in their tummies for 8 years!). I'm always in a fix when someone offers to give them some gum because I know my boys will just swallow it and likely start asking for another piece.
I'm excited for my boys to try out Orbit for Kids gum. At least I know that while I'm teaching my boys how to properly chew gum, it's sugar free. Both of my boys really like the strawberry banana flavor we got to test out...my 6 year old says it smells like cinnamon strawberry. The flavor is long-lasting and not sickly-sweet like some fruity gums can be.
For me, gum serves so may purposes. I chew gum to stave off hunger pains, or to help me stay awake in meetings. It satiates a craving for sweets without paying the price of calorie intake. Orbit for Kids gum also removes food debris from the mouth and stimulates saliva flow which helps maintain good oral hygiene (along with brushing and flossing). So, for those reasons, I almost always have a pack of gum with me. Now, I can carry around a pack of gum that my boys will enjoy and maybe even learn to use properly to help them stave off hunger pains if we're out and about, or for a sweet treat.
I challenged my boys to see how long they could chew a piece of gum. My four year old lasted about three minutes before he swallowed his piece, but my six year old actually lasted over half an hour! Progress already :). So far, the gum is a big hit, and I'm glad that it's sugar free.