Mastic gum and regular chewing gum may seem similar at first glance, but they are actually quite different. Here's a closer look at the key differences between the two:
Origin: Mastic gum is a natural resin harvested from the mastic tree, which is native to the Mediterranean region. Regular chewing gum is typically made from synthetic rubber or latex.
Flavour: Mastic gum has a distinct, slightly sweet and slightly piney flavor, while regular chewing gum comes in a wide range of flavors, from mint and fruit to more unusual flavors like bacon and coffee.
Uses: Mastic gum has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. It has been shown to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties and has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including digestive issues and oral infections. Regular chewing gum is primarily used as a breath freshener and a way to keep the mouth occupied.
Texture - 10x Harder: Mastic gum has a soft, pliable texture that is easy to chew and shape. Regular chewing gum is typically more firm and rubber-like. However, once mastic begins to dry, it's texture firms up 10X harder than regular gum, making it hard to chew & a thus great jawline exerciser.
Longevity: Mastic gum can be chewed for long periods of time without losing its flavor or texture, while regular chewing gum tends to lose its flavor and become hard and sticky after being chewed for a while. Regular chewing gum breaks down into a mushy consistency after being chewed for a couple of hours. Mastic gum remains firm for as long as you choose to chew it.
- Mastic Gum Can Be Reusable: Since mastic gum does not lose it's structural integrity & remains hard, it can be re-chewed for two to three times more. It's also antimicrobial so it will stay fresh for two to three days after being chewed. Just be sure to store it in an appropriate container, which is also available from the ROCKJAW website.
In summary, mastic gum is a natural resin with medicinal properties, while regular chewing gum is a synthetic rubber or latex product used primarily for breath freshening.
While both can be used as a way to occupy the mouth, mastic gum has a distinct flavor and a softer, more pliable texture, and can be chewed for longer periods of time without losing its flavor or texture.