Acacia Senegal gum   

What is it?

Acacia Senegal gum, also known as gum Arabic, is a natural soluble fiber obtained from the hardened sap of various species of acacia legume trees.

What does it do?

Acacia Senegal gum is used as a binder to hold or adhere spray-dried flavor to our dental floss.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

Acacia Senegal gum is a naturally-occurring, renewable resource. Hardened sap is harvested from the bark of acacia trees, and then milled into a powder form.

What are the alternatives?

There are synthetic alternatives to Acacia Senegal gum and others derived from waxy maize from corn, but they may not be as effective as Acacia Senegal gum and the synthetic versions do not meet our Stewardship Model standards for natural, responsible and sustainable.

Is this the right option for me?

Acacia Senegal gum is nontoxic and Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1

Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.

1 21 CFR184.1330