April 2, 2006 — -- There's a new product in development that could change your nightly ritual forever.
The Wrigley Gum Company has paired up with the U.S. military to create an anti-bacterial chewing gum that actually cleans teeth so soldiers wouldn't have to stop what they're doing to brush their pearly whites.
If the military signs on to it, there's a good chance it will end up in your medicine cabinet one day.
When a military engineer patented the first crude steam engine when Americans were pushing west into the frontier, the trend of military inventions going mainstream began.
From trains to planes: The military's stealth jet technology may be on your feet. Many hiking boots are made from the same materials.
The "trench coat" got its name from soldiers in World War I who wore the military jackets in the trenches.
The microwave oven also was built with military technology.
Another military innovation can mean the difference between life and death -- the Medevac helicopter, pioneered during the Korean War.
The Hummer started out as the Humvee during the Persian Gulf War. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif. was the first civilian to own one.
But the mother of all military inventions is what one Pentagon official dubbed the "Intergalactic Network." That wild idea became the Internet -- undoubtedly the one military invention that changed our world the most.