Chewing Gum Day is celebrated every year on September 30th and is dedicated to something loved by millions of people around the world for its pleasant texture, bubbles and fun clicks.
Many people think that chewing gum is a modern invention, but it is much older than it may seem. In the city of Kierikka, in Finland, a piece of chewing gum was discovered, which is almost 5 thousand years old. It was made from resin collected from tree bark. This remedy was used as a natural antiseptic. Scientists managed to find teeth marks on this piece.
Chewing gum was used in ancient Greece, called mastic gum, since the raw material for manufacturing is the resin of the mastic tree. The finished product had antiseptic properties, so it was used to maintain oral health. The Aztecs, Mayans, and also Native Americans also used various substances for chewing – the juice of firs and chicle. Gum became a truly commercial product in the mid-19th century, when a product called Maine Pure Spruce Gum was invented, and flavored gum appeared in 1860.
- Today, the chewing gum market is huge. Manufacturers offer a huge selection of products that differ in color, aroma, and taste. There are sugar-free chewing gums that prevent cavities.
- Research has shown chewing gum improves memory and reduces stress.
- Use sugar-free chewing gum and your teeth will be reliably protected from cavities.
- Try chewing gum while chopping onions and you won’t cry.
How to take part
Join the holiday – start chewing, write a post about chewing gum, tell the story of its appearance, varieties, and benefits. Use the hashtag #NationalChewingGumDay on social media. Throw a party and have a fun contest for the biggest bubble to pop.
When is Chewing Gum Day in 2023?
Chewing Gum Day is observed on September 30 each year.