I couldn’t hold this one back. I picked up some Trident White gum at Walmart. “White” promises whiter teeth in as little as four weeks. Sounds easy enough. I chew gum and I’d like whiter teeth.
I decided to dig a little further and figure out exactly what was needed to get these results. It’s not written on the package, so I went to the product’s web site. There I found what I was looking for.
Consumers may see results when they chew as little as 2 pieces for 20 minutes, 4 times per day for 4 weeks.
That’s a lot of numbers. I like numbers, so let’s figure out exactly what they mean. First, how many pieces of this gum will it take to see results?
2 pieces/chewing * 4 chewings/day * 7 days/week * 4 weeks = 224 pieces
That’s a lot of gum. How much of my time will it take to chew enough?
4 chewings/day * 7 days/week * 4 weeks * 20 minutes/chewing = 2,240 minutes or 37 hours and 20 minutes
Good thing I can walk and chew gum at the same time. That’s almost a work week. How many packs of gum is that?
224 pieces / 12 pieces/pack = 18.67 packs
I think I’ll give up on the dream of whiter teeth now.